EFW hits Airbus freighter conversion milestone
05 / 06 / 2023
Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) has redelivered the 50th passenger-to-freighter (P2F) converted aircraft of its new generation Airbus P2F family programme.
The German conversion company, a joint venture by ST Engineering and Airbus, said the A330-300P2F was redelivered from its facility in Dresden to A330P2F launch customer DHL, and is scheduled to join the DHL freighter fleet in Asia.
EFW redelivered DHL Express’ 10th A330-300P2F aircraft in December.
The conversion company’s P2F programmes were developed in collaboration with ST Engineering and Airbus, with EFW holding the Supplemental Type Certificates and leading in the overall programme.
The programmes include the widebody A330-200P2F and A330-300P2F aircraft, which were first redelivered in 2017 and 2018 respectively; and the narrowbody A321P2F and A320P2F aircraft, which were first redelivered in 2020 and 2022 respectively.
To meet the demand for Airbus freighter conversions, in recent years EFW and ST Engineering have set up a total of nine conversion sites worldwide, including in the US, China and Europe to ramp up total conversion capacity for all the Airbus P2F programmes.
In 2023, EFW has re-delivered 13 Airbus conversion freighters (8 A321/A320P2F and 5 A330P2F).
“Airbus freighter conversions are being increasingly considered as the preferred next-generation platforms,” said Jeffrey Lam, president of commercial aerospace at ST Engineering.
“In fact, customers value our Airbus P2F solutions and are planning for more converted aircraft to join their fleets.
“We are committed to redelivering the safest products at the highest quality to meet customers’ expectations, and I look forward to our next P2F redelivery milestone very soon.”
“This marks a huge milestone for EFW and us shareholders, made possible by the dedication and commitment of EFW colleagues, our customers and partners,” added Andreas Hermann, Airbus senior vice president commercial & international operations and EFW board member.
“We look forward to continuing to support EFW in delivering some of the greatest products and services across the Airbus product range.”