IAI Secures Contract with DHL to Convert More Passenger Aircraft to Cargo Configuration

Valued at tens of millions of dollars, the contract with the German courier, parcel, and express mail company comes amid increased demand for cargo aircraft stemming from the COVID-19 crisis

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced June22 that it will convert an additional three B767-300 passenger aircraft to cargo configuration for DHL International GmbH, with the potential for the conversion of a fourth aircraft. The contract marks another major milestone for IAI’s aircraft cargo conversions program and the broadening of business for IAI’s Aviation Group.

The Aviation Group was established in January 2019 by combining the company’s commercial and military aircraft activities.  The Group is a world leader in the design, development, and certification of passenger to cargo aircraft conversions. Its customers include the world’s largest courier and parcel delivery companies.  

Over the last decade, converted B767s have been the backbone of the cargo aircraft market.  To maintain its dominance in this market and offer new solutions, IAI’s Aviation Group signed a contract with aircraft financing and leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to design, develop, and certify the B777-300 passenger to cargo conversion.

Yossi Melamed,  IAI EVP and general manager of the Aviation Group, said “IAI is a world leader for passenger to cargo conversions.  We provide high-quality solutions tailored to the customer's needs on narrow and wide-body aircraft. The constant increase in the e-commerce market and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have emphasized the importance of cargo aircraft. We thank DHL International GmbH for their acknowledgment of IAI’s performance and again trusting us to convert additional aircraft for their cargo aircraft fleet.” 

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