Express operations to benefit from new-generation efficient mid-sized A330 freighter
Singapore, 1 December 2017 – DHL Express has become the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 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, Germany 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 A330-300P2F units in total, with additional options to receive another 10.
“DHL Express is very excited to be bringing the first A330-300P2F into commercial operation within our international air network,” said Mr Geoff Kehr, SVP, Global Air Fleet Management, DHL Express. “The first aircraft is scheduled to strengthen our Asia Pacific air network, bringing added capacity and increased efficiency to a market where we are seeing dynamic express volume growth.”
Dr Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW said, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the trust DHL Express placed in us. This was a great motivation and we are very proud that we justified this trust by delivering the A330-300P2F on time. This delivery, which marks a milestone in our history, also showcases the synergy formed by the deep operational and engineering expertise between EFW and parent company, ST Aerospace. As the most modern converted freighter in the industry, the A330-300P2F will support operators well with Fly-By-Wire-technology and 26 full container positions in the upper cargo deck.”
Mr Lim Serh Ghee, President of ST Aerospace said, “The smooth process in attaining EASA’s STC reflects the strength & quality in the engineering and design of the P2F solution, as well as our close working relationship with the aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Airbus and the aircraft conversion expertise of EFW. The delivery of our first A330-300P2F is a strong start to the conversion programme. We are confident the freighter will serve DHL well, and we look forward to the next redelivery in early 2018.”
The A330P2F 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 A330P2F programme has two variants – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. 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, while offering 20 percent more cargo volume and lower cost-per-tonne than other available freighter aircraft types with a similar range.
ST Aerospace is one of the leading companies in freighter conversion in the world with a track record of over 400 conversions completed to-date. Leveraging its engineering expertise, it is the only company offering both Boeing & Airbus freighter conversions through its own STCs that are developed using original OEM engineering data.
EFW (Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH) is a 55:45 joint venture of ST Aerospace and Airbus Group, based in Dresden, Germany. EFW combines various aviation and technology activities under one roof, including passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversions, maintenance and repair of Airbus aircraft, and the development and manufacturing of flat fibre-reinforced composite components for structures and interiors of the entire Airbus family of aircraft. Apart from being the exclusive supplier for composite flat panels to Airbus for all Airbus aircraft, EFW serves as ST Aerospace’s centre for passenger-to-freighter conversions, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), as well as engineering services in Europe, leveraging ST Aerospace’s global network, track record and expertise in aircraft MRO and engineering.
ST Aerospace (Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd) is the aerospace arm of ST Engineering with revenue of S$2.49b in FY2016. Operating a global MRO network with facilities and affiliates in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, it is the world’s largest commercial airframe MRO provider with a global customer base that includes leading airlines, airfreight and military operators. ST Aerospace is an integrated service provider that offers a spectrum of maintenance and engineering services that include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and asset management services, including Total Aviation Support. ST Aerospace has global staff strength of around 8,000 employees worldwide. Please visit www.stengg.com/en/aerospace for more information.
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