ISRAEL Aerospace Industries (IAI) is seeking to add two conversion lines in North America to meet demand for its B777 freighter conversion and in response to cargo demand.
Speaking to London's Air Cargo News at the Farnborough Airshow, IAI Aviation Group vice president and general manager of marketing Rafi Matalon said that slots at its current B777-300 conversion sites in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi - to be joined by Incheon in 2024 - were full until 2026.
The wait time was holding back the company from gaining more orders, he said, and therefore the company hoped to add more lines, said Mr Matalon.
"Right now we are in the process of looking in North America for one or two conversion lines. There is a big demand despite the fact we don't have the supplemental type certificate (STC)," Mr Matalon said.
"It shows the confidence the customer has with IAI as a world leader in conversions. They are ready to sign the contracts."
He said the company would also reveal a new conversion line for its B767 model in Europe in the coming months to meet demand for that programme.