Israel Aerospace Industries (Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) has partnered GECAS for the launch of the first B777-300(ER) P2F-converted freighter line.

Under the "Big Twin" deal, IAI said GECAS had committed to 15 firm converted aircraft, with an option for 15 more. The Israeli firm will undertake the conversions itself with deliveries expected to start in 2022.

The conversion of initial aircraft is expected to take place in Tel Aviv Ben Gurion with additional conversion lines contemplated in other locations outside of Israel from 2023.

"At long last, the renowned capability of the B777-300(ER) comes to freighter operators," the lessor said.

"As the next generation of long-haul, large-capacity widebody freighters, The Big Twin will offer operators 25% more capacity than today’s smaller twin-engined long-haul freighters and it is anticipated that the Big Twin will achieve up to 21% lower fuel-burn per tonne than ageing 4-engine freighters. Entering service in 2022, the B777-300(ERSF) is expected to provide 'best in class' economics, superb range, outstanding flexible freighter capabilities — especially for express and e-commerce operators — and all with renowned B777 commonality, capability and reliability."

The Program will also see IAI enter into conversion agreements for the B777-300(ERSF) directly with airlines as well as other lessors around the world.