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NORWALK, CONNECTICUT, U.S. - General Electric's aircraft leasing division GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services) has delivered a Boeing 777-300ER (MSN 32789) to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the passenger-to-freighter conversion.

It will be the first passenger-to-freighter converted 777-300ER aircraft in the world as part of the “Big Twin” program announced last October by the two companies.

The aircraft arrived in Tel Aviv on June 4, where it will undergo an extensive conversion at IAI’s facility, including the addition of the Main Deck Cargo Door, freighter lining, window plugs, a modified crew compartment, a reinforced fuselage a 9G rigid cargo barrier and more.
Dubbed “The Big Twin,” the 777-300ERSF will be the largest ever twin-engine freighter. As launch customer and co-founder of the program, GECAS has committed fifteen firm orders and has fifteen additional options for the type.

“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 the requirements of the air cargo industry for the next 20 years.”

explains Richard Greener, SVP, and Manager of GECAS Cargo.

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 an extensive commonality with the smaller twin production freighter.

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