Airbus, ST Aero in talks on A330 P2F conversions

Airbus and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aero) are in discussions over a deal for conversion of A330 widebody passenger aircraft into freighters.


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Airbus and  Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aero) are in discussions over a deal for conversion of A330 widebody passenger aircraft into freighters. “We’re talking to them about it,” Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said at the Dubai Air Show, according to a Bloomberg report.

Leahy’s comments follow those of Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker earlier this year when he said the carrier planned to convert 15 A330s to freighters by 2016. The outspoken Al Baker has said on more than one occasion that the carrier might opt instead for B767 conversions if Airbus wasn’t up to the task of A330 conversions.

Industry watchers have suggested that Airbus might be reluctant to license the A330 conversions for fear it would impact sales of its newly launched A330 newbuild freighters because of the much lower cost involved.

ST Aero has yet to respond to a request for comment.