To help fulfil its one-day delivery promise to Amazon Prime customers, Amazon Air has signed a firm agreement with Airbus to lease ten Altavair A330-300P2F freighters.
By doing so, it will take advantage of the A330’s capacity and economics. Hawaiian Airlines, which has made A330s a significant part of its fleet since 2010, will fly the plane for Amazon.
Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), the centre of competence for Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions, is converting the 10 airframes from passenger aircraft to freighters.
Director of Amazon Global Air Fleet & Sourcing Philippe Karam remarked, We’re delighted to welcome Airbus to our Amazon Air fleet.
To uphold its commitment to customers of quick, free delivery, Amazon Air transfers consumer packages over wider distances in less time. In late 2023, the first of their A330-300P2F aircraft is anticipated to enter the fleet of Amazon Air.
Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International Christian Scherer said, The endorsement of our freighters by Amazon says volumes about the market value of the A330 and the position Airbus wide-bodies are gaining in the cargo industry.
We are really proud that our planes are trusted to serve as a vital link in the amazing logistical chain that Amazon has established a reputation for using to deliver things to our doorsteps with astonishing speed and consistency.
The A330 offers a very capable platform for freighter conversion thanks to advanced Airbus technology like fly-by-wire flight controls.
More than 1,700 A330s have been ordered and more than 1,500 have been delivered since the aircraft entered service in 1994, providing a sizable source of aircraft to enable P2F conversions for many years.
The longer-fuselage A330-300P2F is particularly well suited for integrators and express carriers due to its high volumetric payload capability with lower-density cargo, even though both A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft are eligible for conversion.
ST Aerospace, Airbus, and its joint venture EFW collaborated to start the A330P2F conversion programme in 2012.
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