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SpiceJet's puts 3 converted B737 freighters back into service

INDIA's SpiceJet has returned to service all three of its Boeing 737 converted freighters after they were grounded on the advice of Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), the company that performed the aircraft conversions

01 January 2020 - 19:00

INDIA's SpiceJet has returned to service all three of its Boeing 737 converted freighters after they were grounded on the advice of Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), the company that performed the aircraft conversions.

The decision by the low-cost carrier comes a few days after both Qantas Freight and Alaska Air Cargo resumed flights using their IAI converted B737 freighters which were temporarily grounded on safety grounds, reported London's Air Cargo News.



Earlier this month, IAI advised customers not to fly its converted B737Fs after saying it had detected an 'apparent irregularity' in the production process of a rigid barrier installed in some of the conversions.



The barrier serves as an additional safety feature to separate the cockpit from the cargo and is not critical to flight safety. Reuters reported IAI as stating that the rigid barrier does not affect flight under normal conditions, but 'may limit the way aircraft can be safely loaded for flight.'



Israel's aviation regulator had ordered airlines with Boeing 737 jets converted to freighters by IAI to comply with loading restrictions and use extra straps if necessary before they can resume flying.


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