The contract will begin this year and will see the first Boeing 737 in operation. Coulson Aviation is the first in the world to modify Boeing 737’s into FIRELINERs, which utilize a new advanced delivery system, the RADS-XXL/2.
Converting a 737 into a FIRELINER takes over 43,000 hours and includes RADS-XXL/2 installation, avionics upgrades, full strip and re-paint, a new interior and 72 refurbished passenger seats.
The FIRELINER is able to transport firefighters without re-configuration and to fly at maximum speeds and altitudes.
Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Group, said: “This firefighting-repurposed Boeing 737 was designed, manufactured and had the installation of the tanking system done in house, which is a testament to the creativity of our teams, led by Britt Coulson.
“I could not be prouder of our company based on all the dedication, hard work and commitment of teams to design, manufacture, build, operate and maintain this superior air tanker. Both our Lockheed C-130s and Boeing 737 FIRELINERs played key roles in saving homes and lives in Australia this past devastating fire season which we are all proud of.”
“The FIRELINER is truly the Next Generation of Next Generation Large Airtankers” added Britt Coulson, President and COO Coulson Aviation. “The FIRELINERs are a perfect complement to our C-130s and having a diverse fleet assures our customers always have the right airtanker for the mission.”