European regulators have certified the Boeing 737-800 freighter conversion offered by Israel Aerospace Industries, potentially opening the modification to additional customers.

Two aircraft have already been delivered to a Spanish customer under the new approval, and a third is undergoing conversion.

The aerospace firm says it has obtained the 737-800BDSF supplemental type certificate from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

IAI chief executive Boaz Levy says the EASA clearance will allow the company to offer a response to increased market demand for the narrowbody freighter.

“[We have] a number of conversion sites globally, and will now be able to provide potential customers with increased access to our world-class conversions,” he adds.

EASA approval follows similar regulatory clearance from the US FAA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, plus the Israeli civil aviation authority.

IAI opened a European freighter modification site in Naples last year, in collaboration with partner Atitech, to handle 737-700s and -800s.

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Source: Israel Aerospace Industries

IAI already has US, Chinese and Israeli approvals for the modification