IAI Cargo-Converted 737-800 Receives Certification
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced yesterday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) have certified the conversion of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from passengers to cargo configuration.
With this new certification, IAI becomes the only company to covert both the B737-700 and the B737-800. Both conversions were developed by IAI’s Bedek Aviation Group, in partnership with China’s Haite Group.
B737-800BDSF Passenger to Cargo Conversion
The IAI Aviation Group has already completed the two of several Spectre Air Capital 737-800BDSF freighters on order. These first two Spectre aircraft, N737KT, a 20-year-old former Air Berlin/Pegasus, and N916SC, a 21-year-old former Air Berlin/Transaero are being delivered by Spectre to DHL Aviation USA and will be operated by IAero Airways (formerly SwiftAir (USA)).
B737-800BDSF After Conversion
With the conversion to cargo, the 737-800BDSF has now a payload of up to 24 tons.
IAI Aviation Group had converted more than 250 aircraft including B737-300/-400/-700/-800, B747-100/-200/-400, B757, B767-200/-300 and MD-11.
The converted aircraft fleet has already accumulated over 2,500,000 flying hours.