Published on April 26th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


CDB takes Delivery of First A330-P2F Freighter

Irish based CDB Aviation has taken delivery of the first freighter aircraft in the lessor’s history, an A330-300 passenger-to-freighter conversion (A330-300 P2F). The aircraft was converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH and is the first of two A330 P2Fs leased to the lessor’s launch customer, Mexico-based cargo carrier, mas. The carrier is expected to take delivery of the second aircraft in May. The first aircraft delivered via CDB Aviation was a 2008 built aircraft that initially operated for China Southern Airlines as B-6502 until 2020. The aircraft was registered EI-GVZ in April 2021 and ferried to Dresden for conversion.

Commenting on the completion of the conversion, CDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Hannigan said, “This is an important and historic day for CDB Aviation as we see the fruit of two years of intense work and collaboration, culminating in the delivery of our very first A330 P2F since we made the strategic entry into freighter aircraft leasing. We are grateful to the mas team for trusting CDB Aviation to be a partner in supporting their innovative fleet strategy and for being our very first A330P2F customer.”

Also commenting was the mas’ Chief Executive Officer, Luis Sierra who remarked: “We feel honoured that CDB Aviation trusted mas to be its first A330 P2F customer. For us, operating the -300 variant will open amazing opportunities in regional markets where there is a need for highly reliable aircraft, providing enough volume. Working together on this process was amazing, and we are already looking at ways to do more business with the CDB Aviation team.”

The aircraft previously operated for China Southern Airlines.

And the CEO of Elbe Flugzeugwerke, Jordi Boto where the conversion took place added, “We are glad about the in-time, in-quality re-delivery of the first A330P2F to our customer CDB Aviation. With this first of many more to come conversions, we proved meeting customer expectations in these very challenging times.”

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