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Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing 767-300

Amazon is now a solid customer of Israel’s state-run defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., which produces satellites and drones, among other military hardware.

The internet retail giant, which is in the process of expanding its fleet of Boeing 767 company aircraft, asked IAI to convert the aircraft from passenger to cargo use, according to IAI’s Aviation Group general manager, Yossi Melamed.


About 80 percent of the Amazon fleet, numbering around 40 aircraft has been converted, Melamed told Reuters. “We dismantle every part of the aircraft and rebuild as a cargo aircraft,” he said, with the workers sealing off windows, rebuilding cockpits and installing larger doors.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.