Bedek Aviation Group is poised to deliver its first Boeing 737-300 full freighter conversion. The aircraft is scheduled to be redelivered to the unspecified customer soon after the show ends.

The IAI subsidiary is also working on a quick change (QC) conversion programme for the 737 that will allow a passenger aircraft to be changed to cargo configuration in less than an hour. The development project is at an advanced stage, and the next aircraft scheduled for conversion is a 737-300QC that will enter the conversion centre during the first week of July. Bedek is also examining a QC version of the Boeing 737-400.

An undisclosed customer has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bedek to convert at least five 737-400s from passenger to freighter configuration. The first aircraft is scheduled to begin the conversion process by the first quarter of 2004. Bedek currently has 33 firm orders to convert various models of the Boeing 737 aircraft from passenger types to freighters. The total value of these contracts exceeds $85 million.

Source: Flight Daily News