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EFW re-delivers first Airbus A330P2F to Altavair for MasAir Cargo operation

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) has announced the re-delivery of its first Airbus A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft to Altavair L.P., a global leader in commercial aviation finance and leasing providing the cargo community with valuable assets.

Delivery of a first of more to come A330P2F From EFW to customer Altavair for MasAir operations.Top Management of Altavair, EFW and MasAir meets at the occasion of the re-delivery of the first A330P2F on 20th January 2022. – f.l.t.r.; Andreas Sperl (EFW), Patrick McCarthy (MasAir) Andres Fabre (MasAir) , Luis Sierra (MasAir), Paul Newrick (Altavair), Grant Ehrick (Altavair), Jordi Boto (EFW)

The re-delivered freighter is the kick-off of a series of freighter conversions that EFW is carrying out for new customer, Altavair, based on the proven and technologically advanced Airbus A330 platform. Altavair has on order several A330P2F comprising both the A330-200P2F range variant and the A330-300P2F volume variant.

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EFW’s first re-redelivery to Altavair is the A330-200P2F variant, which offers a gross payload of up to 61 tons and a range of up to 4,200 nautical miles. At lower cost-per-ton compared to other available freighter aircraft types in this size segment, the A330-200P2F will help enable the operator, MasAir Cargo, to expand into new markets and fly longer routes. MasAir Cargo is taking advantage of the aircraft family concept to build up a new Airbus freighter fleet with the A330-200P2F and A330-300P2F, becoming the first airline in the Americas to operate the Airbus widebody P2F, and the first in the world to operate the two Airbus A330P2F variants.

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Like the latest conversion programs A321P2F and A320P2F, the A330P2F is program a collaboration between ST Engineering, Airbus and EFW, which is leading each overall program as well as marketing & sales efforts. To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW will set up new conversion sites in China and the U.S. this year and ramp up total conversion capacity for all their Airbus P2F program to about 60 slots per year by 2024.

About 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 about 1,900 employees, achieved revenues of approximately €250 million in 2020 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 Altavair L.P.

Altavair L.P. is an asset servicer focusing on the acquisition of new and used commercial aircraft for leasing to domestic and international passenger airlines and cargo operators. Since its inception in 2003, Altavair has completed over $9 billion in commercial aircraft lease transactions with over 60 airline customers in 28 countries representing over 250 individual Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Altavair maintains offices in Seattle, London, Dublin and Singapore.

About MasAir

Aerotransportes Mas de Carga,SA de CV (dba MasAir Cargo Airline) is a Mexico City based cargo airline, operating  freighter aircraft since 1992. Since 2001, MasAir has been a Boeing 767-300Fs operator. An IATA member, MasAir holds IOSA, ISAGO, TCO-EASA, and IATA CEIV Pharma, certifications. Since December 2018 MasAir has launched an ambitious expansion plan under a new ownership structure and management, with Discovery Americas -a leading Mexican Private Equity Fund- as majority shareholder. MasAir has a scheduled and charter network that spans along the Americas and is now expanding its new ACMI division with additional freighter aircraft.

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BBAM and EFW announce new orders for Airbus A320/A321P2F conversions

BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM), a world leader in aircraft leasing, and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, announced today an agreement for Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) orders including options. The new orders by BBAM bring the total number of its A320/A321P2F to no less than 20, with the conversions to be carried out by EFW through 2025. The agreement comes with the option to add new conversion slots every year starting in 2026.

BBAM has ordered new A321P2F freighter conversions from EFW

In January this year, BBAM announced the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A321P2F on lease to Titan Airways.

The Airbus A320/A321P2F is a technological breakthrough given that it is the first in its size category to offer containerized loading in both the main deck (up to 14 full container positions) and lower deck (up to 10 container positions). EFW’s A320/A321P2F solution, which comes with optimized weight distribution to enable random loading even on empty flights, as well as a payload-range capability of more than 28 metric tons, accords high flexibility for operators, in particular express carriers. Being the only OEM solution for the Airbus A320/A321P2F conversion in the market also ensures that EFW’s program has greater lifecycle value and superiority in quality, reliability and ease of maintenance.

A321P2F converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke for BBAM in operation with Titan Airways, Source: Titan Airways

EFW, ST Aerospace and Airbus to launch A320/A321P2F freighter conversion program

EFW A320P2F and EFW A321P2F (Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Airbus (Toulouse) has signed an agreement with ST Aerospace (Singapore) to offer passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion solutions for its A320 / A321 aircraft.

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The agreement was signed today (June 17) at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport by Harald Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer of Airbus Group and Airbus, Serh Ghee Lim, President of ST Aerospace, Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW and Tom Williams, Airbus Chief Operating Officer.

Airbus foresees a significant market demand of more than 600 aircraft over the next 20 years for P2F aircraft conversions in the small freighter segment. The A320P2F, with eleven main-deck container positions, will be capable of carrying 21 metric tons of payload over 2,100 nm, while the A321P2F with 14 main-deck positions will be able to carry up to 27 tons over 1,900 nm.

The first converted A321P2F will be delivered in 2018.

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The A320/A321 P2F converted aircraft will be marketed and managed by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) (Dresden). Airbus currently holds a majority stake at the freighter conversion specialist together with its partner and co-owner, ST Aerospace.

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In order to implement the new business line for A320 / A321 P2F aircraft, ST Aerospace will provide its specially developed conversion technology and will obtain another 20 percent of EFW’s shares, thus increasing its stake in EFW to 55 percent. Subsequently, Airbus Group will become a minority partner in EFW, reducing its shareholding to 45 percent.

The management team in Dresden will continue to be headed by President and CEO Andreas Sperl and will ensure sustainable growth of the Airbus P2F freighter family while strengthening EFW´s position as a global Airbus conversions supplier. In addition, the operation will secure value-adding jobs in the Dresden region.

Together with the larger A330F and A330P2F, the A320P2F and A321P2F will further complement the Airbus Freighter Family concept. Airlines will thus benefit from the flight-crew and operational commonality through Cross-Crew-Qualification and Mixed-Fleet-Flying across their Airbus freighter and passenger operations, leveraging on same cockpit and systems philosophies.

Image: Airbus.