Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) yesterday announced the re-delivery of its first Airbus A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft to Altavair L.P., a leader in commercial aviation finance and leasing providing the cargo community with valuable assets.
The re-delivered freighter is the kick-off of a series of freighter conversions that EFW is carrying out for new customer, Altavair, based on the proven and technologically advanced Airbus A330 platform.
Altavair has on order several A330P2F comprising both the A330-200P2F range variant and the A330-300P2F volume variant.
“We are delighted to re-deliver our first converted freighter of 2022 to new customer, Altavair, for operation by MasAir Cargo,” said Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW. “The A330P2F programme is considered very popular delivering best-in-class capability and fuel-efficiency. We are confident it will serve Altavair and MasAir Cargo well.”
“This investment reflects our belief that the A330 will be the premier freighter going forward in this segment,” said Paul Newrick, president & managing director of Altavair. “We are very excited to be teaming with EFW and MasAir Cargo to deliver this truly next-generation converted freighter.”
EFW’s first re-redelivery to Altavair is the A330-200P2F variant, which offers a gross payload of up to 61 tonnes and a range of up to 4,200 nautical miles. At lower cost-per-tonne compared to other available freighter aircraft types in this size segment, the A330-200P2F will help enable the operator, MasAir Cargo, to expand into new markets and fly longer routes.
MasAir Cargo is taking advantage of the aircraft family concept to build up a new Airbus freighter fleet with the A330-200P2F and A330-300P2F, becoming the first airline in the Americas to operate the Airbus widebody P2F, and the first in the world to operate the two Airbus A330P2F variants.
Like the latest conversion programmes A321P2F and A320P2F, the A330P2F is programme a collaboration between ST Engineering, Airbus and EFW, which is leading each overall programme as well as marketing & sales efforts. To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW will set up new conversion sites in China and the U.S. this year and ramp up total conversion capacity for all their Airbus P2F programme to about 60 slots per year by 2024.