Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has received the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its B737-800SF passenger-to-freighter conversions. With the EASA STC approval, IAI will open its B737-800BDSF cargo conversions to European companies and operators, providing a solution to the rising demand for aircraft conversions worldwide. The first two converted aircraft for which this approval will apply have already been delivered to a customer in Spain, with an additional aircraft undergoing conversion and joining the European fleet shortly.
IAI’s B737–800BDSF cargo conversions are already approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Last year, IAI established the first cargo conversion site in Europe together with its partner Atitech in Naples, Italy, for the B737-700/800 aircraft. IAI has recently opened new cargo conversion lines worldwide for other models, including B767-300 in Ethiopia and B777-300 in South Korea and Abu Dhabi.