GECAS is exercising options on a contract with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert three additional Boeing 777-300ER passenger planes to 777-300ERSF freighters.

The lessor says this additional firm order brings to 18 units its total commitment to the 777-300ER conversion programme, with a remaining 12 options. The Big Twin freighter programme was launched by GECAS and conversion specialist IAI in July 2019.


Source: GECAS

It also announced that Kalitta Air, which will serve as the launch operator of 777-300ERSF, has agreed to lease two additional converted freighters from GECAS. The Michigan-based airline had initially signed a contract with GECAS for three of the freighters, with deliveries expected in 2023.

GECAS Cargo’s senior vice-president and manager Rich Greener states: “We view the 777-300ERSF as the next generation of long-haul, large-capacity widebody freighters.

”We’re seeing immense interest in this new product from seasoned operators like Kalitta to new start-ups who are seeing clear advantages with the affordability of the aircraft, best in class economics and the expanded capacity of the 777-300ERSF.”