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Published on May 17th, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer

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CDB Aviation Delivers China’s First A330 P2F

CDB Aviation has announced the re-delivery of China’s first-ever converted Airbus A330-300 Passenger to Freighter (A330 P2F) aircraft on lease to its customer, Sichuan Airlines. The A330 was converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) with Shanghai Technologies Aerospace Company Limited at its facilities in Shanghai Pudong, concluding EFW’s first-ever A330 P2F conversion to have taken place in China.

The freighter, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was delivered to Sichuan Airlines on May 15, 2023, becoming the inaugural A330 P2F in the carrier’s fleet. In addition to the A330 P2F, CDB Aviation has two A320 aircraft on lease to the airline. The A330 P2F is the in-demand, next-generation aircraft in the fast-growing medium widebody space. CDB Aviation was one of the first lessors to secure conversion commitments for the A330 P2F. Since the company’s entry into the air cargo space in 2022, CDB Aviation has contracted 14 A330 P2F conversions with EFW.

Commenting as the A330 P2F was re-delivered, the Chief Executive Officer of Sichuan Airlines, Zuyi Shi said, “We are very happy to build on our relationship with CDB Aviation and thank CEO Jie Chen and his team for their work and cooperation in bringing this aircraft to market. The introduction of this A330 P2F will provide us more freighter capacity to meet the market requirement and further strengthen our development strategy in the cargo business.”

Also commenting was the CEO of Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH, Jordi Boto who added, “To offer conversions in China, serving the high demand in this growing market, was an important strategic decision for EFW. We are very pleased to have successfully started this journey together with CDB Aviation, our first customer with A330 P2F conversions on three continents, and we are very grateful for the trust they placed in us.”

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