Category Archives: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)

IAI to Convert A330-300 Aircraft from Passenger to Freighter for Avolon

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will convert A330-300 aircraft from passenger to freighter configuration for Avolon. As part of the agreement with Avolon, IAI will convert 30 Airbus A330-300 jets from passenger to cargo configuration between 2025 and 2028. The signing of the agreement with Avolon, the first customer for cargo conversions of this aircraft model, follows the backdrop of high profits in 2021 and the projected doubling of cargo aircraft traffic in the next 20 years due to increased e-commerce.

Avolon is the third-largest aircraft leasing company in the world, with a fleet of 837 aircraft (as of June 2021). In additional to being the first customer for cargo conversions for this aircraft, Avolon will fully take part in the aircraft conversion and licensing process.

The A330-300 aircraft, which will be converted at IAI, will provide a competitive and advanced solution for cargo and commerce companies looking to expand and improve their widebody cargo jet fleet. The converted model will increase cargo volume capacity with up to 27 main deck pallet positions, one more than the competition, and will improve the cargo loading capacity due to the unique cargo door placement, and will support and enhance the operations surrounding cargo jet flights.

IAI to open a new Boeing 737 conversion plant in Naples, Italy

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group has agreed to establish a passenger to freighter conversion site to convert the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 passenger aircraft to freighters with the Atitech company, at Atitech’s leading MRO center in Naples, Italy.
 
The cargo conversion site in Italy will join two existing cargo conversion sites in China.
 
Atitech MRO is a veteran global company with extensive experience in aviation and is certified by the Federal Administration Agency (FAAPart 145) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASAPart 145). 
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.