LONDON – Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), the engineering operation for Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions, re-delivered its 10th A330-300P2F aircraft to DHL Express today in time for the Asian high season for e-commerce and cargo demand.
DHL Express, launch customer for EFW’s A330-300P2F program, is currently the biggest operator of the A330-300P2F fleet.
DHL Express’ A330-300P2F fleet will continue to grow, with eight more aircraft on firm order to be redelivered by EFW progressively in the coming years.
Together with partner airlines EAT, ASL and Air Hong Kong, DHL Express is operating its A330-300P2F fleet in Europe and Asia as well as on transatlantic flights from Leipzig/ Germany to the U.S.
DHL Express is currently the air cargo player operating the biggest A330P2F fleet, including the youngest so far converted aircraft with just 7 years of PAX operation. DHL is growing further its A330P2F fleet throughout the years to come.
Eight more aircraft are on firm order of which some are already inducted for a conversion in Dresden, Germany at EFW.
DHL Express statement
“DHL Express is delighted to welcome the 10th A330-300 P2F to its aircraft family. Since becoming the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 P2F in 2017, the aircraft has proven to be ideally suited to short- and mid-range sectors in Asia Pacific and Europe.
The aircraft delivered today is the youngest aircraft, we have converted to date and we are excited to see it serve our customers in Asia from 2023 onwards”, says Malcolm Macbeth, Senior Vice President Global Network Management DHL.
“EFW has been a trusted converted freighter solution provider for DHL and its network partners for decades,” says Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW.
“Our 10th re-delivery of an A330-300P2F to DHL is an important milestone for our A330P2F program and longstanding partnership with DHL.”
“We are very happy to be supporting DHL’s operational needs throughout these years, and are fully committed to helping them grow their new-generation Airbus freighter fleet further with our A330P2F program.”
Collaboration with ST Engineering and Airbus
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.
The A330-200P2F can carry a gross payload of up to 61 tons of weight to over 7.700 km, while the larger A330-300P2F can carry a gross payload of up to 63 tons and a containerized volume of up to ~18.581ft3 (~526m3).
ST Engineering and EFW have conversion sites in Singapore, Germany, the U.S. and China. To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW will work with third party conversion houses with facilities in Turkey and China to support the A330P2F program.
Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), a subsidiary of ST Engineering and Airbus combines various aviation and technology activities under a single roof.
– development and manufacturing of fibre-reinforced composite components for aircraft structures and interiors of the entire Airbus family,
– the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration,
– maintenance and repair of Airbus aircraft, and
– engineering services in the context of certification and approval.
About ST Engineering
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The Group harnesses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems, enabling a more secure and sustainable world.
Headquartered in Singapore, it has operations spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries.