The first Airbus A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion produced by Singapore Technologies Engineering's Aerospace unit (ST Aero) and Airbus conducted flight tests last month and remains on track for delivery to customer DHL by yearend, ST Aero says.
"We successfully completed our certification flight for the A330-300 in early October," ST Aero President Serh Ghee Lim told analysts on a recent earnings call. "We are targeting to redeliver…two this year."
DHL has eight A330-300P2Fs on order and 10 options.
Most of the conversion work is expected to be done in Dresden, where Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the ST Aero/Airbus joint venture performing the conversions, is based. EFW is ramping up its Dresden capacity, having added a new, single-bay widebody hangar earlier this year.
The first DHL freighter was converted in Dresden, while the second one is being done in ST Aero's Paya Lebar, Singapore, facility. Both are slated for delivery this year—probably in December, the company says.
Meanwhile, company executives remain bullish on landing initial customers for EFW's A320/A321P2F conversion program.
"Our product offering is finding traction in the market," Lim says. "We got a lot of inquiries. I am confident that [you] will see aircraft inducted into our facility for conversion in third quarter of next year."
The A320/A321 program was launched in 2015.