FREIGHTER CONVERSION SUPPLEMENT ~ Airbus conversion unit EFW forms Russian JV

Expanding its conversion scope from the A300/310 family to meet growing demand, EADS EFW has formed a joint venture company to undertake conversions on the A320 family in Germany and Russia. For European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, conversions of its passenger planes to freighters have until now, been carried out solely by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH(EFW) in […]


Expanding its conversion scope from the A300/310 family to meet growing demand, EADS EFW has formed a joint venture company to undertake conversions on the A320 family in Germany and Russia. For European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, conversions of its passenger planes to freighters have until now, been carried out solely by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH(EFW) in Dresden, Germany.

As the wholly-owned subsidiary and business unit of EADS, EFW is the centre of competence for the conversion of Airbus A300/310 wide-body passenger aircraft into freighters, and has a capacity of 20 aircraft per year. But looking to expand its capabilities to meet burgeoning market demand for freighter conversions of other Airbus aircraft types, a new joint venture company was created with Russian partners.

The Airbus Freighter Conversion GmbH, located in Dresden, Germany started its operational business aiming to the set up of freighter conversion centres for the Airbus A320 family in Lukhovitsy near Moscow and at the Dresden EFWsite.

Airbus Freighter Conversion (AFC) is a joint venture between Russian companies – United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and Irkut Corp, each with 25 per cent stake– and EADS EFW 32 per cent and Airbus18 per cent.

“After the establishment of the company, the sales and marketing team is about to finalize negotiations with the first customer who will be announced soon”, said Lars Becker, CEO of AFC.