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Fri, 27 August 2021

Etihad Engineering Partners Israel Aerospace Industries for Passenger to Freighter Conversions

Etihad Engineering, one of the largest commercial aircraft MRO service providers in the Middle East, has signed a strategic partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to provide Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversions on Boeing 777-300ERs.

IAI and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) launched the Boeing 777-300ERSF programme in 2019.

While the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic has taken its toll on the aviation sector, cargo operations are offsetting operators losses, as it continues to play a critical role in facilitating international trade. As a result, industry forecasts show an increase in demand for wide-body freighter aircraft with long-haul capacity.

Etihad Engineering, one of the largest commercial aircraft MRO service providers in the Middle East, has signed a strategic partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to provide Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversions on Boeing 777-300ERs Click to enlarge.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said, The Boeing 777-300ERSF is not only extremely attractive to customers but a technological breakthrough, given that its the first in its size category to offer extensive cargo solutions. Not only do we see the demand, but we view it as a greener, more profitable, highly innovative solution for our airline customers, and an excellent way to drive value for our business.

In the initial stage of the partnership, Etihad Engineering will facilitate towards two conversion lines accommodating multiple aircraft conversions per year.

Boaz Levy, President & CEO, Israel Aerospace Industries, said The Abraham Accords have given IAI the opportunity to expand its global activity to the Gulf region. IAI is active in over 100 countries across the world. Establishing the conversion site in partnership with Etihad Engineering is a testament to IAIs strong ties with the UAE and strengthens its foothold in the region. I am confident that this agreement will lead to many more partnerships with local companies in the Gulf States, which will grow our business in the region.

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