Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), specialist in passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft (P2F) conversions, announced on Friday a partnership with Turkish Technic for Airbus A330 conversions. Turkish Technic will do the P2F conversions at its facility in Istanbul, Turkey.
New partners required to meet P2F demand
The partnership agreement means Turkish Technic is the first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company to offer third-party conversions for EFW’s A330P2F program. Turkish Technic will complete its first A330P2F conversion for EFW in Q3 2023. Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu, who attended the signing ceremony, clarified the importance of the agreement.
The holders of the certificates are (lr) the chairman of Turkish Technic, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, and EFW CEO and President Jordi Boto with Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu in the middle. Photo: EFW
It appears that with the growing A330P2F orders, EFW needed to find a partner with the expertise and experience to carry out the conversions. Certified in global jurisdictions as a Part 145 and Part 21 J&G organization, Turkish Technic has the recognized capabilities to perform P2F conversions. EFW is a joint venture between Airbus and Singapore-based ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group with operations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The company serves more than 100 customers in the aerospace, smart city, defense and public safety sectors and reports SGD7.7 billion (US$5.33 billion) in revenue for fiscal 2021.
EFW has already entered into similar P2F agreements in the US and China to meet the increasing and relatively sudden demand for freighter conversions. These cover all of EFW’s Airbus conversion programmes, including the A330P2F, A320P2F and A321P2F aircraft. Speaking about the new agreement with Turkish Technic, EFW CEO Jordi Boto said:
“We have a growing P2F order book that reflects strong market demand for Airbus Freighter conversions, with the A330P2F program increasingly recognized as the preferred next-generation platform in the mid-to-widebody category. Through our collaboration with Turkish Technic, which has deep experience servicing Airbus aircraft, we will ensure that we reliably meet our customer commitments.”
EFW holds the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), which is basically the “how to do it” document issued by civil aviation regulators such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been approved. STCs are ubiquitous in aviation and can range from minor modifications like an iPad holder to a major structural change to the airframe like a P2F conversion. EFW developed the A330P2F STC in collaboration with its owners Airbus and ST Engineering and not only assumes authority and direction of the program but also handles sales and marketing activities.
There are other A330 options
The Vallair program is an ideal solution for an operator waiting for a P2F slot or as a permanent solution for an e-commerce specialist. Photo: Vallair
According to EFW documents, A330P2F conversions can include attaching the main cargo door, disabling doors two, three and four, locking windows, strengthening floors, adding cargo systems and upgrading fire suppression systems. Two A330P2F variants are available to match the aircraft types A330-200 and A300-300. The Type -200 can carry a gross payload of up to 61 tons with a range of 7,700 kilometers (4,785 miles), while the Type -300 can carry up to 63 tons and a container volume of up to ~18,581 cubic feet (~526 cubic meters) .
There is certainly a slowdown in cargo volume, and with significantly more widebody passenger jets back in service, cargo hold capacity has recovered quickly. There are also much cheaper and quicker to implement A330 options that cater more to last-mile e-commerce deliveries than palletized freight. On the other hand, older A330s are probably a good buy right now, so the market will find its level between P2F conversions and new freighters in the years to come.
Do we need more total freighter conversions like this or are there better options?
- Warehouse code:
- Date found:
- Guillaume Faury
- Headquarters location:
- Toulouse, France
- Major Product Lines:
- Airbus A220, Airbus A320, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350, Airbus A380
- Company type:
- aircraft maker