Nice summary. In addition, IAI announced a conversion line in South Korea (I have no idea if this really went forward), for seven 777-ersf
conversions per yearhttps://www.aerotime.aero/27851-iai-to- ... outh-korea
I wouldn't discount more lines cropping up if demand is there (e.g., I am recalling IAI used to do conversions in Mexico via license).
Thanks for the kind words and additional information! I'm thinking that the South Korea deal you mentioned probably ended up coming to fruition as the Sharp Techniks K deal at ICN (Seoul). Apparently the government was well-involved in the selection and some financial incentives for the project, and there was originally a push to put the lines at a different airport with extant facilities (and, IIRC, a different vendor). So there was a bit of a kerfuffle when the ICN deal was announced. But it seems that it is what it is and the Sharp Techniks K facility is the one that will do the work for IAI in South Korea on the 777.
That little nugget you pointed out about 7, rather than 6, conversions per year is interesting. They were saying 6 per year -300 and 1 per year -200LR. That seems to have been continued in the deal I described, which was 6 per year total, including perhaps some -200LRs. No other line has been announced that talks about the -200. I'm wondering if the mix won't ultimately be determined by demand. And of course the STC for a -200LR conversion would have to follow the one for the -300. It's all very-interesting, and perhaps designed to counter the claims by one of the nascent conversion companies that they're gonna be the only vendor that does the -200LR. Guess not.
As we have discussed, IAI's first real sojourn outside of TLV for the 767-300BDSF touch work was MexicanaMRO in MEX. That deal was announced long before MexicanaMRO actually started doing the work, and IAI spent a lot of time and money doing technology transfer and staff training. Mexicana basically did one-frame-at-a-time when TLV was overloaded, eventually pushing out 5 frames for Kalitta/DHL with deliveries from mid-2017 through the end of 2019.
Then, as Spacepope mentions above, when things started to boom even more after that, IAI started directing multiple DHL and Amazon-owned aircraft there for conversion, and it looked like they were going to try to expand to 2 767s at a time. At the same time, IAI started using MexicanaMRO to do 737 conversions, and a new hangar was built at the MexicanaMRO facility to assist with that. At the end of the day, it seems like throughput there isn't what one would hope, perhaps as a result of Covid. At one point, MEX was doing a 767 conversion from arrival to departure in about 3.6 months, including paint, but the last 767 to exit seems to have been finished almost 8 months ago, while I count at least 4 in line at MEX now. It may be that they are focusing more on 737-800s these days, because I notice that one of the Amazon-owned 767s was moved from MEX to TLV for conversion. In short, the IAI-MexicanaMRO relationship has turned into an "as much work as you can do" situation for MexicanaMRO. I expect that the same ultimately will be the case for the ADD facility, at least until the demand for 767s cools, although ADD may become a primary vendor on the 767 as TLV moves more into the 777.
And I have to say that the deal with Etihad to do touch work on the 777 conversions was genius, for a whole lot of reasons, and probably explains Emirates' decision to sign up with IAI for 777 conversions.
IAI has been sparing about touch-work-facility contracts, because, among other things, the more shops you have doing the work, the much-larger the quality-management demands on IAI. And I am sure that there is significant pressure from the Israel government to do as much work as possible in the home country. But clearly they need bodies and hands at the moment, and they recognize the potential positive benefit to their sales campaigns in having facilities in different regions. With regard to the 777, it seems like IAI is moving aggressively to consolidate their position as the leader.