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    09
    Apr

    SPECTRE CARGO SOLUTIONS’ LAUNCH ORDER FOR IAI 737-800BDSF’S RECEIVES ITS FIRST TWO FREIGHTERS

    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.

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    06
    Apr

    IAI receives STC for 737-800BDSF

    Then there were three: IAI’s newly certified
    737-800BDSF joins Boeing’s 737-800BCF and AEI’s
    737-800SF. (Photo: IAI)

    On April 2, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its 737-800BDSF freighter conversion program,

    IAI has completed two aircraft at its facility in Tel Aviv (TLV) – unit 30498 (ex-Transaero Airlines), which began flight tests in March 2019, and unit 28619 (ex-Pegasus), which operated its first test flight in November.

    Both made their way from TLV to Florida in December and were spotted in DHL colors in Opa-Locka (OPF) in January, having been painted in Lake City (LCQ). Both have “Operated by Swift Air LLC” painted on the nose-gear door. Unit 30498 flew back to TLV via Shannon (SNN) in February, while unit 28619 appears to still be at OPF.

    DHL Express previously confirmed to Cargo Facts it had acquired the two 737-800BDSFs from Spectre Air Capital, but didn’t comment on future CMI agreements or the arrangement with Swift Air, also known as iAero Airways, which has a single 737-300BDSF (23538, ex-Swiftair) along with other passenger 737-300s, -400s and -800s.

    IAI, which previously anticipated obtaining the STC for the 737-800BDSF last year, certified its first 737NG conversion program, the -700BDSF, in 2017. Alaska Airlines and SpiceJeteach operate three of the type.

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    17
    Dec

    Swiftair’s Cygnus Air adds first of three planned 757-200PCFs from Jetran

    Swiftair’s Cygnus Air adds first of three planned 757-200PCFs from Jetran

    A Swiftair 757-200PCF in Cygnusair colors. Photo: Mark Boree

    The aircraft was the first of  three Swiftair-bound conversions ordered by Jetran and will be operating for Swiftair’s affiliate carrier, Cygnus Air, which the company acquired last year. At the time of acquisition, Cygnus operated just two 757-200PCFs. One year later, including his week’s placement, the fleet is now double the size at four units.

    For Swiftair, Cygnus Air introduced the 757 platforms to its operations. Shortly after closing the acquisition, the company outlined plans to triple the group’s 757-200F fleet to six units. In July, Cygnus added a third 757-200PCF converted by New Zealand-based Airwork. After the other two 757-200PCFs on order from Jetran are inducted into the fleet, the fleet will grow to six units.

    Of the remaining two 757-200s on order, unit 24614 (ex-American Airlines) is in conversion. The third aircraft (25296, ex-American Airlines), meanwhile, arrived in Jacksonville (VQQ) in July.

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