Singapore Airshow Airbus, ST Aerospace and EADS EFW have signed an MoU for a strategic partnership to develop the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion program. This agreement, setting out the projects foundation and granting Authorization To Offer for the A330P2F, was signed by Chang Cheow Teck, President of ST Aerospace; Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus and Andreas Sperl, CEO of EADS EFW; in the presence of Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of Germans Federal State of Saxony.
For the project, ST Aerospace will lead the A330P2F engineering development, working with Airbus and EADS EFW who will subsequently be responsible as program lead during the industrial phase, and will undertake most of the conversions at its facilities in Dresden, Germany. Under the agreement it is planned that EADS EFW will become the European center for ST Aerospaces global maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. The project is subject to the definitive agreements being finalized in the coming weeks and also to regulatory clearances.
The A330P2F program includes two versions the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. Of the two models, the larger A330-300P2F will be particularly suitable for integrators and express carriers thanks to its high volumetric payload capability with lower-density cargo. Complementing this will be the A330-200P2F which will be optimized for higher-density freight and longer range performance. Entry-into-service for the first A330-300P2F is targeted for 2016.
Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 2/17/12