Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Airbus to launch A330P2F cargo conversion


Airbus, ST Aerospace and EADS EFW have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for developing an A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion programme. ST Aerospace will lead the A330P2F engineering development, working with Airbus and EADS EFW who will subsequently be responsible as programme lead during the industrial phase, and will undertake most of the conversions at its facilities in Dresden, Germany. The project is subject to the definitive agreements being finalised in the coming weeks and also to regulatory clearances.
The A330P2F programme includes both the A330-200 and the larger A330-300. The larger A330-300P2F will be particularly suitable for integrators and express carriers thanks to its high volumetric payload capability with lower-density cargo. Complementing this will be the A330-200P2F which will be optimised for higher-density freight and longer range performance. Entry-into-service for the first A330-300P2F is targeted for 2016. The A330P2F freighter conversion programme will also enhance and sustain A330 Family residual values by extending the economic lives of A330 airframes.
The A330 Family already includes the newbuilt A330-200F, but not yet an A330-300F. More than 830 A330s are now in service with over 90 operators.

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