Air China Cargo receives first A330P2F conversion of EFW from Ameco
Air China Cargo and Ameco celebrated today together with Airbus and Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), a subsidiary of ST Engineering and Airbus, the customer release to service (CRS) of the first Airbus A330P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter) platform for Air China Cargo. This aircraft is the first of more to come, as EFW and Air China Cargo closed a firm contract earlier in 2023 for EFW to redeliver eight A330P2F converted freighters.
All A330 conversion candidate aircraft are owned by Air China Cargo. As the belly cargo capacity of all Air China passenger aircraft is exclusively operated by Air China Cargo, the airline which is the only cargo airline operating with the national flag could gain extensive experiences on operating Airbus aircraft for cargo. “To enforce our freighter fleet with Airbus converted freighters was a natural step,” said Hongyan Wang, Vice president of Air China.
The first A330 aircraft was inducted at EFW’s conversion partner Ameco in the Chengdu facility end Q1 2023 and has been redelivered as per schedule in time. A second aircraft has been already inducted in parallel undergoing the conversion.
“We are glad about the re-delivery and that Air China Cargo will operate Airbus converted freighters for the first time. We are looking forward to seeing soon an A330P2F with the Air China Cargo livery on its air freight mission,” said Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW.
Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), a subsidiary of ST Engineering and Airbus combines various aviation and technology activities under a single roof: development and manufacturing of fibre-reinforced composite components for aircraft structures and interiors of the entire Airbus family, the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration, maintenance and repair of Airbus aircraft as well as engineering services in the context of certification and approval. The company has a workforce of over 2,000 employees, achieved revenues of approximately €400 million in 2022 and is on a sustainable course of growth. With over 20 years of experience and more than 40 conversion customers worldwide, thereof the largest Express carriers in North America and Europe but also renowned General Freight and Combination Carriers, EFW is the Centre of Excellence for freighter conversions and driving the development of the Airbus freighter family.
About ST Engineering
ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group with a diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments. The Group harnesses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems, enabling a more secure and sustainable world. Headquartered in Singapore, it has operations spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries. ST Engineering reported revenue of $9b in FY2022 and ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of MSCI Singapore, FTSE Straits Times Index and Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index.