IAI to collaborate with Ethiopian Airways in reoutfitting planes

2021-08-22 04:27:57

The Israel Airforce Business (IAI) signed an settlement with Ethiopian Airways to open a brand new middle in Addis Ababa that may convert Boeing 767-300 airplanes into cargo planes.

The IAI is experiencing a development in demand for conversions of this mannequin, and the brand new Ethiopian middle will be a part of the IAI’s two present ones on the Ben-Gurion Airport Campus and in Mexico.

The conversions are to happen in Ethiopian Airways’ central upkeep middle in Addis Ababa, Africa’s largest and most superior of its type. The upkeep middle will conduct the precise conversion of the airplanes from passenger to cargo, and also will present ongoing upkeep and renovation providers.    

Together with possession of the superior upkeep middle, the IAI selected Ethiopian Airways as a result of they’re an skilled, main airline firm. 

“The Aviation Division [of the IAI] is required to produce over 100 transformed planes to the Israeli cargo-plane market within the coming years, ” mentioned IAI VP and head of the Aviation Division Yossi Melamed. “As a way to meet the difficult calls for, we determined to develop further airplane-conversion facilities world wide,” he mentioned.

An IAI cargo Boeing 777 flies over Tel Aviv during a flyover by IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) planes on Israel's Independence Day, which marks the 73rd anniversary of the creation of the state, Israel April 15, 2021. (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
An IAI cargo Boeing 777 flies over Tel Aviv throughout a flyover by IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) planes on Israel’s Independence Day, which marks the 73rd anniversary of the creation of the state, Israel April 15, 2021. (credit score: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Melamed additionally praised the CEO of Ethiopian Airways, Tewolde Gebremariam, for signing the deal, and expressed his hope that the deal would result in additional collaborations sooner or later.

“We’re partnering with The IAI, one of many world’s main protection and aerospace firms, in changing planes in our upkeep middle in Addis Ababa,” Gebremariam mentioned. “The conversion line will start by changing three B767-300’s owned by Ethiopian Airways, after which will convert airplanes [of this model] belonging to different airways within the area,” he mentioned.

“The collaboration [with the IAI] is an improve in our upkeep and conversion capabilities, and makes us the most effective within the area,” he added.

In line with aviation information outlet FlightGlobal, “From the carnage of Covid-19, passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions are rising as a uncommon development sector because of a mix of things. A scarcity of passenger-jet stomach capability and thriving e-commerce – aided by the influence of lockdowns on bricks and mortar retail – has boosted the freighter market usually. On the similar time, a stream of youthful, extra fuel-efficient plane – retired early or returned to lessors from failed airways – are growing the lure of the P2F.”


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