IAI adds 737 conversion line in Mexico

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has begun freighter conversions of 737NGs at the Mexicana MRO Services in Mexico City (MEX), Cargo Facts has learned. Mexicana MRO Services, which also provides touch labor for IAI’s 767-300 conversions, told Cargo Facts the first 737-800 (29668, ex-Jet Airways) had been inducted for conversion in late July, and is expected […]

737-700BDSF lands in China with Tianjin Air Cargo

Tianjin Air Cargo has added to its fleet its first 737-700BDSF (29086, ex-Xiamen Airlines) [FAT 005571-005572].   The aircraft is on a long-term operating lease from Spectre Cargo Solutions, through its Irish entity NGF Overseas Aircraft, and is the first 737-700 freighter on lease to a carrier based in mainland China.  Touch labor for the conversion was performed by Israel Aerospace Industries’ […]

Crisis could diversify next-gen narrowbody leasing market

Minneapolis (MSP) is not a base for all-cargo carriers, and yet a freshly painted 737-800BCF (32605, ex-Hainan Airlines) landed at the airport on June 26, having arrived empty from Everett (PAE). The aircraft had arrived in Everett in early June after conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing in China. In the past three months, GECAS, […]

Egyptair Cargo plans narrowbody freighter expansion

EgyptAir Cargo is looking to enter the narrowbody space with the addition of two 737-800BCFs. The carrier currently has three freighter-converted A330-200Fs. EgyptAir Cargo told Cargo Facts it is in the process of completing the required studies and securing the conversion slots. It plans to add the two aircraft in 2021, allowing it to extend […]

DHL to add a pair of 737-800Fs

DHL Express plans to add to its fleet a pair of freighter-converted 737-800BDSFs, Cargo Facts has learned. Both aircraft are owned by Spectre Air Capital and were converted to freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries’ Aviation Group, or IAI, at the company’s MRO facility in Tel Aviv (TLV). Following conversion, the aircraft (28619, ex-Pegasus and […]

Second 737-800BDSF begins flight tests

The second 737-800 to be converted into cargo configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group (28619, ex-Pegasus) has been completed and took its first test flight on Nov. 4. The flight took place to the northwest of Tel Aviv (TLV) and lasted just under four hours. Meanwhile, the first 737-800BDSF (30498, ex-Transaero Airlines) has remained […]

CFS 2019: Reducing the cost of engine ownership

SAN DIEGO – As more next-generation narrowbody aircraft become suitable for conversion into freighter configuration, lessors and operators are increasingly hoping to lower the costs associated with owning engines that power these airframes. During Cargo Facts Symposium’s first ever panel dedicated to engine issues with regard to narrowbody conversions, Aileen Barton, marketing manager of GE […]

IAI aims for 737-800BDSF STC by next month

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group is nearing the end of testing for its 737-800BDSF program and expects to receive the supplemental type certificate (STC) by the end of August 2019, the company tells Cargo Facts. Certification had previously been anticipated for May or June this year. Test flights with the first 737-800 to be […]
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