Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus, announced today that DHL Express has ordered an additional four firm and 10 optional A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions from the Germany-based aviation company.

This follows the launch contract for four similar A330-300P2F conversions that was also awarded by DHL Express in July last year, strengthening ST Aerospace’s position as one of the world’s leading freighter conversion and engineering companies. The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden, Germany-based facilities, and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017.

Lim Serh Ghee, President of ST Aerospace, said, “This second contract from DHL Express underscores the right decision that ST Aerospace, Airbus and EFW had made in 2012 to launch the A330P2F programme. We are confident that the A330-300P2F aircraft will be an invaluable part of DHL Express’s global aviation fleet and serve the air cargo market well.”

"We are very proud to further our partnership with our launch customer, DHL Express, with another A330-300P2F contact even before the first redelivery from the first contract has been made,” said Dr Andreas Sperl, President and CEO of EFW. “This reflects the confidence that DHL Express has in our A330P2F programme and the viability of our conversion solution, which marries the deep operational and engineering expertise that ST Aerospace and EFW have accumulated over the years as an integrated solutions provider.”

“DHL is delighted to expand this pioneering conversion programme with ST Aerospace, EFW and Airbus and secure the option to add more units to our fleet in future. We believe the A330-300P2F, with its favorable payload and range metrics, will address an important demand segment within the air cargo market that is not currently served by any other aircraft type. It will further strengthen the global air network of DHL Express and help us to achieve even greater efficiencies in our aviation operations,” said Mr Geoff Kehr, Senior Vice President, Global Air Fleet Management of DHL Express.