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IAI to Establish World’s First Passenger to Freighter Conversion Site in Europe

Arun Sivasankaran - : Jul 6, 2021 - : 9:09 am

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group will establish a passenger to freighter conversion site with Atitech to convert the Boeing 737-700/800 at Atitech’s MRO center in Naples, Italy. The cargo conversion site in Italy will join two existing cargo conversion sites in China.

Atitech MRO is a company with extensive experience in aviation and is certified by the Federal Administration Agency (FAA Part 145) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA Part 145). The MRO center will supply solutions in maintenance and aircraft renovation, converting passenger aircraft to cargo configuration. In addition, it will provide training and support in licensing and registration.

“By signing this contract with IAI we will restart the high-tech activity done when the North Capodichino Plant, today Atitech, belonged to Aeronavali Venice and specialized in conversion of DC8-DC10-MD10-MD1,” said President of Atitech, Gianni Lettieri. “Freighter conversions require huge investment, advanced technology, and skilled personnel, with high barriers to entry in the sector. Atitech, possessing all the above and the know-how to retrofit Boeing’s passenger aircraft, looks forward to building support and cooperation with IAI.”

“Establishing the first cargo conversion site in Europe is a historical step for IAI,” said Executive VP of IAI and General Manager of Aviation Group, Yossi Melamed. “The company started its path almost 70 years ago as a maintenance house for airplanes. Since then, IAI has become a world-leading name in converting passenger aircraft to freighters. Today, IAI’s converted freighter aircraft serve the world’s largest cargo companies, and most of the e-commerce market. Atitech MRO was selected as a business partner to provide a solution to the European market among other markets as well.”

The Aviation Group at IAI unites under one roof activity such as  maintenance (MRO), business jets, converting passenger to freighter, aviation hangars and other structures, and upgrading existing craft.


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