Bedek Aviation Group, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced it will open a facility in Mexico City to convert Boeing 767-300 passenger aircrafts into freighters. The site will be run by Mexicana MRO Services as Bedek’s sub-contractor.
The first aircraft for conversion is expected to be inducted by the end of June, announced IAI in a press release. For that end, dozens of Mexicana employees, including structural engineers, electricians, mechanics and engineers employed in maintenance of aircraft of the B767-300 have undergone training at IAI.
The Bedek Aviation Group is one of the largest centers for conversion of, B737, MD-11, B747, B757 and B767 aircraft from passenger to freighter configuration, as well as for the range of supplementary services it offers its customers.
Bedek’s facilities provide a broad, full range of maintenance and overhaul services for an array of wide body and narrow body aircraft. Customers include aircraft leasing companies, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and air cargo companies.
In light of market forecasts of continued grow in the demand for conversion into freighters, IAI estimates the collaboration will yield projects worth tens of millions of dollars in the coming years.
As owners of the supplementary type certificate for the conversion, IAI will retain engineering authority and overall responsibility for the conversions performed at the conversion site.
“We are experiencing a period of increased demand for conversion into freighters and Bedek is up to its neck in work. The collaboration with Mexicana has significant business potential and is good news for both parties,” said Yosi Melamed, Bedek Aviation Group executive vice president and general manager.
“Collaborations of this type allow us to make time for development activities and reduce the workload in Israel to provide faster and better service to our many customers,” Melamed added.