First flight of the A330-300P2F

Late last week, EFW conducted a successful six-hour test flight of the first freighter-converted A330-300. This was actually the second flight, as the freighter did take off the day before, but, in the face of unfavorable conditions during Windstorm Xavier, landed after only a few minutes. Several more test flights have followed, and EFW says […]
  • David Harris
  • October 10, 2017

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part III

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the worldwide express fleet. In Part I, we started with some background, and then a look at some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. In Part II we looked at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedEx and UPS. Today with finish with […]
  • David Harris
  • April 14, 2017

Egyptair signs launch order for A330 P-to-F conversion program

EFW, the conversion and MRO arm of the Airbus Group, signed an agreement with Egyptair to convert two of the carrier’s A330-200 passenger aircraft to freighter configuration. The deal ends almost three years of speculation about a launch customer for the program, which was first announced in February 2012. Much of that speculation centered around […]
  • David Harris
  • December 10, 2014

The changing freighter fleet

It’s been a busy month for freighter aircraft transactions. Regular visitors to this site will have seen a steady stream of reports chronicling the resurgence in demand for medium widebody freighters. Amerijet International, Cargojet, Star Air, and Uzbekistan Airways have all ordered or acquired freighter-converted 767-300s. And while there have been no recent orders for […]
  • David Harris
  • June 9, 2014