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DUBLIN — Irish lessor CDB Aviation will convert its two Airbus A330-300 jets to the freighter for cargo operations in early 2022. The conversion operation will be made by Dresden-based German aerospace company Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH.

“We are seeing an increasing interest from our customers for medium-sized freighters, as they look to take advantage of record-high freighter utilization, rapidly growing e-commerce demand, and higher cargo yields,” says chief executive Patrick Hannigan.

CDB's A330-200s will be the first P2F (Passenger to Freighter) planes.

According to Hannigan,  the passenger-to-freighter conversion of the A330s will provide a modern successor to the next-generation freighter and older Boeing 767s.

“The aircraft will bring next generation technology and efficiency to this segment,” also says CDB's boss.

“With growing express cargo demand and declining cargo densities, it will offer more volumetric space than older freighters in this category, in line with what cargo operators and freight forwarders are seeking.”

Hannigan adds that the aircraft is a “natural evolution” from its A330 portfolio and will “seamlessly slot” into the fleets of operators that already use other Airbus family jets.#

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