Lessor Avolon targets cargo with A330 conversion deal

By Damian Brett

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Aircraft leasing firm Avolon will become the launch customer for Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) A330-300 freighter conversion programme after signing a deal for 30 of the aircraft.

The agreement will see Avolon partner with IAI on its STC development and take 30 A330-300 conversion slots between 2025 and 2028.

The aircraft have a maximum payload of 61 tonnes, 27 maindeck pallet positions and a range of more than 3,600 nautical miles.

Avolon said the aircraft are “uniquely placed to support forecasted growth in e-commerce over the next 20 years”. 

Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon chief executive, said: “We identified IAI as a long-time global leader in the aircraft conversion business and the right partner for Avolon to capitalise on the unparalleled growth in e-commerce.

“The global airfreight market is worth over $150bn annually today and the sector is transforming, with air cargo traffic expected to double over the next 20 years. This agreement signals Avolon’s intention to be a leading player in that expansion.

“We believe the IAI A330-300 P2F will be the widebody freighter of choice this decade and beyond, replacing retiring aircraft and providing the volume capacity required to meet market needs.”

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