EFW and Turkish Technic to collaborate on A330P2F conversions

EFW and Turkish Technic sign agreement on A330P2F collaboration. Turkish Technic chairman of the board Dr Ahmet Bolat, Turkish minister of transport and infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu and EFW CEO & president Jordi Boto  

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) and Turkish Technic have announced a new collaboration in A330 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions.

The collaboration will see Turkish Technic becoming the first MRO company to provide third party conversion solutions for the proven and technologically advanced A330P2F program by EFW. The first A330P2F conversion for EFW is planned to be carried out at Turkish Technic’s facility in Istanbul in Q3 2023.

“We have a growing P2F order book which mirrors a strong market demand for Airbus freighter conversions, with the A330P2F program being increasingly considered as the preferred next-generation platform in the medium to widebody category,” Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW, said. “Through our collaboration with Turkish Technic, which has deep experience in maintaining Airbus aircraft, we will ensure meeting our customer commitments in a robust manner.”

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 “As the air cargo sector is experiencing extremely strong and steady growth, conversions have become an efficient solution to meet operator’s needs, thus creating an opportunity for aircraft manufacturers, MROs, airlines and leasing companies,” Turkish Technic’s chairman of the board Professor Dr Ahmet Bolat said. “We are happy to cooperate with EFW in their A330P2F program. Passenger-to-freighter conversions require a combination of industry-leading expertise, structural skills and operational excellence. With extensive know-how and close collaboration with suppliers, we are always well equipped to provide technical services and solutions for our customers. We look forward to expanding our partnership further with EFW.”

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EFW’s A330P2F program is developed in collaboration with ST Engineering and Airbus, with EFW holding the Supplemental Type Certificate and leading in the overall program as well as marketing & sales efforts. The A330P2F program comes with two variants – the A330-200P2F and A330-300P2F – which are both equipped with advanced technology that offers airlines additional operational and economic benefits.

To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW have set up new conversion sites in China and the U.S. in the last one to two years to ramp up total conversion capacity for all their Airbus P2F programs comprising the A330P2F, A320P2F and A321P2F.