It does not receive public funding Editor in chief: CLARA MOSCHINI
First A-330/300P2F airplane enters service with DHL
Toulouse, France - Express operations benefit from new-generation efficient mid-sized freighter
DHL Express has become the first operator to take delivery of the A-330/300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint-venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. This delivery, which took place at EFW’s freighter conversion facilities in Dresden, follows the successful completion of test flights in October and awarding of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November. DHL Express has firm orders for eight A-330-/00P2F units in total, with additional options to receive another 10.
The A-330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012, is a collaboration between ST Aerospace, Airbus and their joint-venture EFW.
ST 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 and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.
The A-330P2F programme has two variants –the A-330/200P2F and the larger /300P2F. The latter is ideal for serving the international express B2B and e-commerce cargo markets, which typically have a higher volume and lower density. The aircraft can carry up to 62 metric tonnes over 3,650 nautical miles.