Freight GECAS delivers first 777-300ER for freighter conversion

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has delivered the first Boeing 777-300 to Israel Aerospace Industries for freighter conversion.

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GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced, that it has ferried the first Boeing 777-300ER to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for freighter conversion. Manufacturer serial number 32789 landed in Tel Aviv after the flight from Dubai.

At Tel Aviv, IAI will perform an extensive passenger-to-freight conversion of the aircraft. The aircraft is the prototype for the companies´ program “Big Twin”, which was initially announced back in October 2019.

The Big Twin will become the largest ever twin-engine freighter. During the conversion, a new Main Deck Cargo Door will be installed, as well as freighter lining, window plugs, a reinforced aircraft fuselage, a newly designed crew compartment and a 9G rigid cargo barrier.

Richard Greener, SVP and Manager of GECAS Cargo commented: “The arrival of the prototype aircraft in Tel Aviv is an exciting milestone for the Big Twin freighter program [...] This aircraft sets out to meet requirements of the air cargo industry for the next 20 years.”

As co-founder of the conversion programme, GECAS is also the launch customer. The aviation company has committed to ordering fifteen of the 777-300ERSF. It furthermore holds purchase options for 15 additional aircraft of the type.

Regarding its Big Twin, GECAS stated: "Setting a new benchmark for cargo operators, The Big Twin will be powered by GE90 engines — the world’s most powerful in-service engine — giving the 777-300ERSF 21% lower fuel burn per tonne than the 747-400F. Complimenting the 777-200LRF, the 777-300ERSF shares extensive commonality with the smaller twin production freighter."

With the aircraft, GECAS seeks to revolutionize the future generation of freighter aircraft. The first 777-300ERSF is set to be delivered and enter into service in 2022.

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