Egyptair Cargo has taken delivery of its second A330-200 passenger-to-freighter conversion from Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), the joint venture between ST Engineering Aerospace and Airbus.
The aircraft will be utilised to expand service to destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
The 13 year old aircraft went through its conversion at EFW during the second half of 2018 with ground tests and acceptance procedures completed at end-January 2019. The aircraft was was then ferried from Dresden in Germany to Cairo, Egypt over the weekend.
With this new freighter, Egyptair Cargo will replace its previous A300-600P2F freighter, upgrading with the greater efficiency of the A330-200P2F’s enhanced range, volume and payload characteristics.
Ahead of the redelivery, the carrier ferried a third A330-200 to EFW’s Dresden facility, where it was inducted for conversion. The first two of EgyptAir’s conversions also came from the carrier’s passenger fleet. Redelivery of the third P2F freighter is expected in June with the carrier aiming to start maindeck services to the US.
The carrier is also modifying its passenger network with the start of deliveries of the six B787-900s it has on order, from end-March. The first B787-9 service is set to operate to Kuwait City on 31 March, followed by various routes this spring and summer, including: Dubai, Bangkok/Hong Kong, Beijing, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, New York JFK, Paris CDG, Tokyo Narita, Madrid and Toronto.