Challenge Group adds first 767-300BDSF to its freighter fleet
22 / 08 / 2023
B767-300BDSF. Photo: Challenge Group
Challenge Group has taken delivery of its first Boeing 767-300BDSF converted freighter aircraft to increase the capacity and diversity of its freighter fleet.
Challenge expects the 767 to help it be more competitive and versatile in meeting specific customer needs, allowing for greater flexibility when less capacity is required.
This increased adaptability is also expected to pave the way for exploring new markets, including short and medium-haul routes within the EU, the Indian sub-continent, and the Middle East.
The company said that the aircraft’s volumetric ratio makes it an ideal choice for transporting commodities, and the e-commerce and pharma industries, where volumetric capacity is critical.
Or Zak, chief commercial officer of Challenge Group, stated: “The 767’s introduction will revolutionize our ability to serve our customers better. With additional capacity and enhanced flexibility, we can offer improved frequency to our current destinations and venture into new markets, enriching our global presence significantly.”
Challenge noted that the 767 is in addition to and not replacing the Boeing 747-400 fleet.
In September, two aircraft will undergo simultaneous conversion for Challenge, and the full fleet of four 767 aircraft is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2024.
“We are excited to welcome the 767-300BDSF to our fleet, a testament to our dedication to providing exceptional service and solutions to our customers,” said Yossi Shoukroun, chief executive of Challenge Group.
“This aircraft’s enhanced efficiency and sustainability align perfectly with our mission to tackle the challenges posed by certain airport restrictions worldwide, including the 4-engine ban and noise level regulations that have been on the rise.”
The Group is also investing in up to six two-engine Boeing 777-300 conversions with IAI, with conversions planned to start in 2025-26.
In October last year, Challenge Group became the first customer for the 767-200/300 conversion programme launched by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in co-operation with MRO Avia Prime Group, taking place in the premises of Avia’s Belgrade-based subsidiary, JAT Tehnika.
Earlier this month, Jat Tehnika said it has carried out the first Boeing 767-300ER freighter conversion in Europe, for Challenge Group.