Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) is trying to convince Gulfstream to help its stalled Airtruck turboprop freighter as it attempts to resurrect the programme.

The US business jet manufacturer confirms talks were held with IAI about joining the programme, but says that these have now ended: "We discussed the Airtruck with IAI, but we've told them we're not interested." But sources at both companies say discussions are continuing.

Gulfstream already has links to IAI through its parent General Dynamics' acquisition last year of Galaxy Aerospace - the IAI joint venture with the Pritzker family, which marketed the Israeli manufacturer's Astra SPX and Galaxy business jets.

Although FedEx Express needed over 100 Airtrucks, it is unclear whether it is still eyeing the type.

The programme has been stalled as IAI searches for more potential customers and partners to ensure a large production run to lower unit cost.

Source: Flight International