Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will convert an Airbus A330-300 aircraft from passenger to freighter configuration for aircraft lessor Avolon. As part of the agreement with Avolon, IAI will convert 30 Airbus A330-300 jets from passenger to cargo configuration between 2025 and 2028. The signing of the agreement with Avolon, the first customer for cargo conversions of this aircraft model, follows the backdrop of high profits in 2021 and the projected doubling of cargo aircraft traffic in the next 20 years due to increased e-commerce.
Avolon has a fleet of 837 aircraft (as of June 2021) and in addition to being the first customer for cargo conversions for this aircraft, Avolon will fully take part in the aircraft conversion and licensing process.
The A330-300 aircraft, which will be converted at IAI, will provide a competitive and advanced solution for cargo and commerce companies looking to expand and improve their wide-body cargo jet fleet. The converted model will increase cargo volume capacity with up to 27 main deck pallet positions, and will improve the cargo loading capacity due to the unique cargo door placement, and will support and enhance the operations surrounding cargo jet flights.