Bedek Aviation and Haite Group sign 737NG freighter conversion deal

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Bedek Aviation Group has signed an agreement with Haite Group to co-develop a conversion program of Boeing 737NG passenger aircraft into a Special Freighter.

Bedek of Israel Aerospace Industries and Haite, through its subsidiary Tianjin Aircraft Engineering, expect the new partnership will be up and running quickly so that the first converted 737-700 is certified and delivered to its launch customer, and development of the 737-800 conversion is underway.

Bedek Aviation Group executive vice president & general manager, Yosi Melamed says: “Our partnership with the Haite Group has come on the right time in light of the projected continued growth in the demand for conversion into freighters and even more so, in view of the fast economic growth in China and India.”

“The B737NG is the future ‘feedstock’ of the narrow body freighters and we expect to be one of the first suppliers with an STC and a high-quality solution for the B737-800 that meets the growing market needs.”

Haite Tianjin Aircraft Engineering is a China based MRO enterprise specialising in repair, maintenance, inspection, modification and overhaul of passenger aircraft with sites in Chengdu and Tianjin.

Bedek has more than 25 years experience in conversion programs of a wide range of aircraft such as the 737-300/400, 767-200/300 and 747-200/400.