A330P2F on track for first delivery in 2017

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the EADS business unit specialised in aircraft conversions and modifications, has received the first A330 to undergo freighter conversion under the passenger-to-freighter (P2F) programme.


A330P2F on track for first delivery in 2017


Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the EADS business unit specialised in aircraft conversions and modifications, has received the first A330 to undergo freighter conversion under the passenger-to-freighter (P2F) programme. The aircraft, an A330-322, was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in 1995, and after a 17-year-old career with the airline, it was withdrawn from use and stored in late 2012.

According to EADS EFW, the A330P2F covers the conversion of both A330 variants: The A330-200P2F, suitable for express freight carrier operations given its high volumetric payload capabilities with lower-density cargo and the larger A330- 300P2F, developed for those operators in need of higher-density freight and longer range performance characteristics.

In December 2014, EADS EFW secured its first A330P2F order from Egyptair Cargo, sister division of Egyptair (MS), for the conversion of two A330- 200s plus two options. These converted freighters will replace Egyptair Cargo’s ageing A300Fs, in service with the airline since 1998, and with a fleet age average exceeding 25 years.

EADS EFW will start first with the cargo conversion of the A330-300, which is expected to see entry into service in 2017. Meanwhile, the A330-200 P2F conversion will follow suit, with the first deliveries to its launch customer in 2018.