Israel Aircraft Industry's (IAI) Bedek Aviation Group (Outdoor 44) is celebrating contract wins for a number of conversion projects around the world.

Tampa Cargo, Colombia's leading cargo airline, is now operating its newly converted Boeing 767-200 Special Freighter (SF) after Bedek converted the aircraft on behalf of GECAS.

As part of the aircraft conversion process, an increase of 1,362kg (3,000lb) in the maximum zero fuel weight (MZFW) was certified. The increase in the MZFW now allows Tampa Cargo to use the full weight and volume when operating from demanding high altitude airports in Latin America, including Mexico City and Medellin, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogota, Colombia.

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Air Star/Maersk is also flying a GECAS B767-200SF converted by Bedek. The flight characteristics of this midsize widebody freighter make it ideal for continental routes, as well as short intercontinental routes.

Star primarily performs cargo flights for United Parcel Services (UPS). The company operates a Boeing 767-200SF from its main base at Cologne/Bonn airport.

Bedek also has a foothold in the Asia market. South Korea's Asiana Airlines recently signed a contract with Bedek to convert six Boeing 747-400 Combi aircraft into special freighters. The contract calls for the conversion of three aircraft with an option for three more. The first Asiana Airlines aircraft will arrive at the Bedek facilities at Ben Gurion International Airport in the third quarter of 2006.

Source: Flight Daily News