Bedek to open B767-300 freighter conversion centre in Mexico City
08 / 06 / 2017
Israel’s Bedek Aviation Group, “up to its neck in work” for passenger to freighter conversions, is to open a site in Mexico City.
The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary said that the conversion centre for Boeing 767-300s will be run by Mexicana MRO Services as Bedek’s sub-contractor.
The first B767-300 set for conversion is expected to arrive by the end of June, with an order for an unspecified number of aircraft.
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. Bedek has a history of converting Boeing 737, MD-11, Boeing 747, Boeing 757 and B767 passenger aircraft into freighters.
Said IAI: "In light of market forecasts of continued grow in the demand for conversion into freighters, IAI estimates that the collaboration with Mexicana 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."
Yosi Melamed, executive vice president & general manager of Bedek Aviation Group, said: "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.
“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."