Egyptair Cargo takes delivery of first A330-200 freighter conversion
Egyptair Cargo has taken delivery of an Airbus A330-200 freighter that was converted from a passenger airliner by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW).
The delivery follows the successful completion of test flights in June and awarding of the Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) in July.
The A330 conversion programme is largely seen as a successor to the Boeing 767 programme, which will begin to see feedstock dry up over the coming years just as A330s reach the right age for conversion.
For Egyptair, the order is part of plans to expand its fleet and launch new services.
The A330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012, is a collaboration between ST Engineering Aerospace, Airbus and their joint venture EFW.
"The timely redelivery of MSN 600 is a result of the excellent spirit of cooperation between the partners EFW, ST Engineering Aerospace and Airbus and the remarkable support by EASA, Launch Customer Egyptair and the ECAA. To date Egyptair Cargo has firm orders for three A330-200P2F units," the companies said in a joint statement.
ST Engineering Aerospace, as the programme and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the STCs from EASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialisation phase as well as sales and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.
The re-delivery of the A330-200P2F marks the successful inauguration of the all new A330P2F family with the larger -300P2F being certified and delivered to Launch Customer DHL by end of 2017.
"Both types are ideal aircraft for serving the international regional and medium range cargo and e-commerce express markets," EFW said.
"The A330P2F can carry up to 61 metric tonnes of structural payload over up to 3,900 nautical miles, while offering significant volumetric capabilities with up to 26 main deck and up to 32 lower deck positions.
"This and the new P2F generation efficiency are supposed to lower cost-per-tonne compared other available freighter aircraft types in this size segment."