Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has received the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its B737-800SF passenger-to-freighter conversions. With the EASA STC approval, IAI will open its B737-800BDSF cargo conversions to European companies and operators, providing a solution to the rising demand for aircraft conversions worldwide. The first two converted aircraft for which this approval will apply have already been delivered to a customer in Spain, with an additional aircraft undergoing conversion and joining the European fleet shortly.
IAI’s B737–800BDSF cargo conversions are already approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Last year, IAI established the first cargo conversion site in Europe together with its partner Atitech in Naples, Italy, for the B737-700/800 aircraft. IAI has recently opened new cargo conversion lines worldwide for other models, including B767-300 in Ethiopia and B777-300 in South Korea and Abu Dhabi.
Boaz Levy, IAI President and CEO, said, “Receiving the EASA STC for the B737-800 will allow us to provide a solution to the increased market demand, in Europe and worldwide, for the freighter aircraft of this model. As the global leader in passenger-to-freighter conversions, IAI has a number of conversion sites globally, and will now be able to provide potential customers with increased access to our world-class conversions.”
Shmuel Kuzi, EVP and GM of IAI’s Aviation Group, said, “We are excited to expand our B737-800BDSF conversions to Europe and bring the most cost-effective solution to the rising demand for conversions of this aircraft. Receiving the EASA STC is a major milestone for IAI and for the aviation industry, especially for the European market. We will continue expanding our operations and conversions of other aircraft models to provide the best solution to customers worldwide.”
IAI’s Aviation Group, the home of aviation in Israel, unites all activity in human-powered aircraft: maintenance (MRO), business jets, converting passenger to freighters, hangars and aviation arrays, upgrading aircraft and more. With knowledge and accumulated experience in aviation spanning almost 70 years of the company’s existence, excellent human capital and groundbreaking technologies, the group is in line with the world’s leading aviation companies. Among its clients are major market companies, such as Amazon, DHL, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Gulf Stream, and others.