IAI to establish passenger-to-freighter conversion site in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde GebreMariam (right), IAI's Executive VP and General Manager of Aviation Group, Yossi Melamed (left) ©Alon Ron, IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Aviation Group has signed an agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to establish a conversion site for Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft. The new passenger-to-freighter conversion center, which will operate from the company’s maintenance center in Addis Ababa, will provide solutions for the rising demand for cargo aircraft of these models. The conversion line in Ethiopia will join existing conversion sites IAI operates at its campus in Ben Gurion International Airport and in Mexico.

Ethiopian Airlines’ MRO Center is well-known and highly experienced. It is approved by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The conversion site will provide solutions in the field of converting passenger aircraft to cargo configuration, aircraft maintenance and overhaul, staff training and guidance, as well as assistance in acquiring certification and licenses. The establishment of the center is a testament to IAI’s growing impact around the world.

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