The youngest A330 to be sent for conversion arrived at the Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) facility in Dresden (DRS) on March 10. The A330-300 (1124) previously in service with Hong Kong Airlines, is just under ten years old.
EFW confirmed to Cargo Facts the aircraft has been inducted for conversion into freighter configuration [FAT 005354], and is scheduled to be redelivered in November to DHL Express.
Unit 1124 was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in May 2010. It joined the Hong Kong Airlines fleet in 2016, and was parked in Chateauroux (CHR) in January of this year.
EFW now has three A330-300s undergoing conversion at its DRS facility. An ex-China Eastern Airlines aircraft (777) was inducted in June 2019, and is expected to be completed by the end of April 2020 if all goes smoothly, according to EFW, while an ex-Shanghai Airlines A330 (781) arrived in July 2019, and is scheduled for redelivery at the end of June 2020. Both of these frames are also relatively young, at a little older than thirteen years.
DHL already has three A330-300Fs in operation. The first (116, ex-Malaysia Airlines) was redelivered in 2017, and the second (127, ex-Hi Fly) was redelivered in 2018. Last September, the express integrator received its third freighter-converted A330-300F (231, ex-Thai Airways). These three aircraft are all between twenty-one and twenty-five years old, in line with the typical age profile of conversion candidates.
Earlier this year, Altavair agreed to acquire sixteen 777-300ERs, six A330-300s and sixteen A330-200s from Abu Dhabi-based Etihad. Altavair is considering converting some or all of the A330s, many of which are also young frames. The -300s are all between eight and ten years old, and the -200s range from five to fifteen years old.
DHL launched the A330-300P2F program in 2016 with an order for four conversions. The company then ordered four more at the 2017 Paris Air Show, along with options for ten more conversions.