The joint venture facility of Israel Aerospace industries (IAI) and Mexicana MRO services in Mexico City is in the process of converting two Boeing 767-300 from passenger to cargo configuration and expects to sign new contracts soon. The JV finished converting its first 767-300 in mid-2017.
The joint facility was established last year and is operated by Mexicana MRO Services as Bedek Aviation Group’s sub-contractor.
Dozens of Mexicana employees, including structural engineers, electricians, mechanics and engineers performing 767-300 maintenance, have undergone training at IAI. The conversion work is performed under the Bedek supervision.
The Bedek Aviation Group has been a conversion center for years and has performed the work on Boeing 737, MD-11, 747, 757 and 767 aircraft.
IAI estimates that the collaboration with Mexicana will yield projects worth tens of millions of dollars in the coming years.
According to Yossi Melamed, IAI's VP and the general manger of its Bedek group, Bedek—the owner of the supplementary type certificate for the conversion--retains engineering authority and overall responsibility for the conversions performed at the new conversion site.
Melamed said on August 28 that the collaboration in Mexico allows Bedek to reduce the workload in Israel “and to provide faster and better service to our many customers."
He added that the group may look for more opportunities for collaborations on conversions in other counties. “We have the expertise and the fact that the work under our supervision is performed in more than one place is good for us and the customers,” he says.