IAI’s Aviation Group, based in Israel, has delivered the first passenger-to-cargo converted Boeing 737-700 to Tianjin Cargo Airlines, which will become the first operator of this type of aircraft in China. The conversion work was carried out at an MRO site in Tianjin, under a partnership agreement with IAI and Haite Group for developing the B737-700 and B737-800 STC. The two companies have been working together since 2017, to meet the increasing demand for cargo aircraft in China, and around the world.
As many Classic Boeing 737 models are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they are being replaced by the Boeing 737 NG (New Generation) models – the B737-700/800 – with improved performance, avionics and fuel consumption.
Yossi Melamed, IAI’s EVP and general manager of its Aviation Group said, “IAI’s Aviation Group has been leading the passenger-to-cargo aircraft conversion market for 40 years. The delivery of the first New Generation B737-700 to Chinese operator is a significant milestone in our relationship with the Haite Group. I am confident that together we will lead the aircraft conversion market in China and around the world.”