Israel Aerospace Industries' Bedek division has begun the conversion the first Boeing 767-300ER to its  configuration.

The opening of a new conversion line was celebrated on February 17 at the IAI facility at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, attended by the management of Portuguese ACMI specialist EuroAtlantic - which operates the 767 - and IAI-Mitsui venture M&B Conversions.

The freighter will be EuroAtlantic's first cargo aircraft and is part of its plan to expand its operations in the freight market.

Bedek's 767-300BDSF conversion has been developed by IAI for M&B. Bedek is also the subcontractor for the development of the product and for performing the conversion work.

Bedek Special Freighter (BDSF)
 © Bedek

"We know that IAI has the important experience and the quality we are looking for, which was the main reason we chose to work with them," said EuroAtlantic vice-president and board member Euclides Batalha.

"The timing and the price were also important factors."

Bedek Aviation Group general manager Dany Kleiman says aircraft conversion is a core business and IAI growth area. "EuroAtlantic is our partner, not only our customer, and we will meet their business objectives," he says. The first conversion will be used to gain a supplementary type certificate.


Source: Air Transport Intelligence news