Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) reached the milestone of completing twenty A330P2F conversions with the redelivery of unit 889 to Turkey-based MNG Airlines today [FAT 007961].
The 2007-vintage A330-300 (ex-China Southern Airlines) with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines was inducted for conversion in February after being ferried from Bournemouth (BOH) to Dresden (DRS). Prior to conversion, the aircraft flew as a reconfigured passenger-freighter operating cargo-only services.
The freshly converted unit emerged at DRS today before a small gathering of EFW and MNG executives.
MNG, which took its first A330-300P2F (879, ex-China Southern Airlines) in late 2021, is poised for further medium-widebody growth. The carrier told Cargo Facts in February that it intends to acquire and convert a third A330 in 2024 along with a fourth in 2025.
MNG currently also operates four A300-600Fs and a production A330-200F, along with two A300-600Fs with wholly owned Slovenia-based subsidiary Solinair.
Unit 889 is the fourth A330-300P2F and seventh A330P2F that EFW has redelivered so far this year. Five of these were converted at DRS while two were converted at the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (SIN).
In addition to DRS and SIN, EFW also runs A330 conversion lines at the Shanghai Technologies Aerospace Company Limited (STARCO) facility in Shanghai (PVG) and the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering facility in Mobile, Ala. (BFM). Each of those facilities is working on an A330-300 for CDB Aviation, with the former recently cutting metal for the cargo door in August.
EFW also reached another milestone with its A321P2F program with the redelivery of the tenth conversion at the end of August.
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