IAI inducts another 767 for CAM, but is it destined for Amazon?

Earlier this week, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) ferried a 767-300 (29228, ex-LATAM) to Tel Aviv (TLV) where it was inducted for conversion to freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FATs 005048-005049]. The induction boosts the number of CAM-owned 767-300s currently undergoing conversion in Tel Aviv to six, at least three of which are expected […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 17, 2019

SpiceJet plans to triple 737 NG freighter fleet, build hub in Northeast India

India-based SpiceJet is challenging the conventional wisdom that freighters don’t make sense in the fleet of a low-cost carrier. The airline plans to grow its freighter fleet to six 737 NGs over the next twelve months – up significantly from the two freighters in SpiceXpress livery that exist today, according to a statement in SpiceJet’s […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 29, 2019

Nanjing aviation project to launch IAI’s 777 P2F program?

Update 14 May: After this article was published, IAI later confirmed it "does not have a contract with anyone regarding a 777 cargo conversion program," but did not elaborate regarding any ongoing discussions with potential partners. After years of evaluating the potential for a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the 777 airframe (see our first mention […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 13, 2019

This week’s freighter aircraft transactions [VIDEO]

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 27, 2017

Here come the first 737 NG freighters! VIDEO

Last week, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines put its first freighter-converted 737-700F into commercial service with a maiden flight between Seattle and Anchorage. The aircraft was converted by Israel Aerospace Industries’ conversion arm, Bedek Aviation Group, in Tel Aviv, and is the first of three 737-700s Alaska Air retired from its passenger fleet, and is having converted […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 6, 2017

Alaska Air Cargo commences commercial flights with 737-700BDSF

Alaska Air Cargo’s recently-redelivered 737-700BDSF (30794) entered into commercial service yesterday, carrying freight from Seattle, where Alaska Airlines is headquartered, to Anchorage, the airline’s center for regional cargo operations within the state of Alaska. As we have mentioned in the past, this is particularly noteworthy, as it is not only Alaska’s first 737-700 freighter, but […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 27, 2017

IAI awarded STC for 737-700 P-to-F, Alaska Air Cargo to take redelivery

On Monday, Israel Aerospace Industries received an STC for its 737-700 passenger-to-freighter conversion program, and could redeliver the first freighter-converted 737-700F (30794) to Seattle-based Alaska Air Cargo before the end of this week. Once redelivered, IAI, through its MRO and conversion arm, Bedek Aviation Group, will have redelivered not only the first 737-700F, but also […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 5, 2017

IAI Bedek reveals new Chinese partner for 737NG conversions

Just as IAI’s Bedek Aviation Group nears completion of the Supplemental Type Certification process for its first 737-700BDSF conversion, a new partner has emerged. During the 2017 Paris Air Show, China-based MRO, Tianjin Aircraft Engineering Co. (TAEC), a subsidiary of the Haite Group, revealed itself as Bedek’s “development partner” for both the 737-700 and 737-800 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 22, 2017
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