Integrator DHL is the lucky customer of the ‘triple 7’ Airbus aircraft (serial number MSN777). It is the first converted A330-300 licensed to transport a record gross payload of up to 63 tons per flight.
Smart loading system is the differentiator
Thus, this freighter, delivered to DHL last Thursday, can accommodate 3 additional tons compared to its sister models. Precondition for this, was the installment of an automated power loading system which reduces operating time and prevents damage when several containers are handled in parallel. It allows for the simultaneous loading and positioning of two 96” x 96” or 88” x 96” containers, the latter preferred by integrators. “It needs only two loaders to accomplish the loading or unloading job on the upper deck,” Wolfgang Schmid, VP Sales and Marketing, explains.
From China Eastern to DHL
Further to this, he points out that the former three passenger doors were deactivated, with a new main deck cargo door replacing them. The floor grid was reinforced, and new floor panels installed. “Particularly due to the automated cargo loading system, this aircraft has the potential to become a game changer since it speeds up loading and unloading processes, allows to reduce downtimes of the aircraft at airports and ups utilization considerably,” EFW executive Schmid states.
The EFW P2F converted A330-300 was built in 2006, flying since then for China Eastern Airlines before DHL purchased the aircraft in order to have it remodeled by Dresden, Saxony-based Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), to start its second life as a freighter. “Following its P2F conversion, the Airbus can easily be utilized for another 15 years – minimum,” Mr. Schmidt assures.
Track conversion record
As recently reported by CargoForwarder Global (24May20), two additional A330-300P2F will leave EFW’s Dresden hangars and be delivered to DHL in the course of this year, with up to 12 more P2F converted A330s to follow for this client.
With more than 20 years of experience and over 200 widebody converted freighters delivered to over 40 customers worldwide, EFW has become the center of excellence for Airbus freighter conversions. As reported, the company lately enjoyed increasing requests to convert A330, as well as A321 conversions.
The A330 program started at EFW in 2017 with the delivery of the first express cargo-optimized A330-300P2F to DHL. A year later, the P2F conversion of the sister aircraft A330-200 was certified by the authorities. Last February, EFW received the supplemental type certification for its A321P2F conversion from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Especially for the conversion of this Airbus variant, there is a high market demand.
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Rayhan ahmed (Monday, 01 June 2020 14:40)
I have ramp handled the passenger
A300 200/300 add to 63 tons
During the P2F would have major
Changes to the airframe . EFW is a
Excellence for P2F on 330 and 320/321
P2F conversions .
There is only one set back for the future
For EFW would be the IAI 777 300 ERSF
Which is going into service by 2022
And this aircraft is presently owned
By GEGAS and it’s operating with
Emerates airlines And will be taken to the IAI hangers very soon .
The only think now is DHL getting this
A330 300 freighter with there
Bright yellow livery which I hope to
See soon .
Good luck DHL and congratulations on
Your new freighter .
Dennis Gross (Thursday, 02 July 2020 00:37)
Is this plane being operated by ASL Airlines Ireland on behalf of DHL or going straight to Air Hong Kong. What is happening with the ASL/DHL operation in Hong Kong
Heiner Siegmund (Saturday, 04 July 2020 11:33)
we kindly ask you to contact either ASL Airlines or DHL Express to get an appropriate answer to your q. As a matter of fact, we are not aware of the operational specs.
Hope for your understanding, H