Two Boeing B737-800 aircraft converted from passenger to cargo configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) were delivered to unnamed customers soon after Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
"Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) certified IAI Aviation Group's conversion of Boeing B737-800 aircraft from passenger to cargo configuration. Aviation Group has now delivered the first two converted aircraft of this model," IAI said in a statement dated April 6.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for cargo aircraft to deliver medicine, food and other necessary equipment, have risen.
With the development, IAI has become the first company to have approved conversions for both the -800 and the smaller -700 jets.
"Being able to convert additional models will help us meet the demand. I would like to thank our partners at the Haite Group in China for their trust in IAI," IAI EVP and Aviation Group general manager Yossi Melamed said.