Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced the completion of passenger to freighter conversion of one of its three Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Ethiopian partnered with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and launched a Boeing 767-300ER freighter conversion line at Ethiopian MRO facilities in Addis Ababa.
The airline introduced these aircraft models in 2004. The conversion is aimed at replacing these ageing airplanes with ultramodern and technologically-advanced passenger aircraft to provide utmost comfort and convenience for passengers. The conversion of the aircraft into freighter also boosts the airline’s cargo shipment capacity and enhance its service.
Ethiopian Airlines has been hailed for its key role in the global distribution of medical supplies and vaccines. Its cargo wing has served as a life line for the airline during the difficult times of the pandemic. Ethiopian had temporarily converted around 25 of its wide-body passenger aircraft into freighters using its in-house MRO capability which boosted its cargo operations and enabled it to transport around 1 billion doses of Covid- 19 vaccine around the globe.
In partnership with the Israel Aerospace Industries, Ethiopian started the full conversion of its Boeing 767 passenger aircraft at the continent’s largest maintenance, overhaul and repair center in Addis Ababa in early this year. The airline has completed the conversion of one of its three Boeing 767 aircraft while the conversion of the second aircraft has reached an essential stage of door cutting and will be completed in few months.
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