The Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF) forecasts a demand for nearly 650 new-built freighters during the next 20 years. The A330-200F will satisfy a large percentage of this demand by offering better main- and lower-deck flexibility than the competition, with more range and more lift.
Airline customers with firm A330-200F orders are Etihad Airways (for the Etihad Crystal Cargo division), Turkish Airlines (for the Turkish cargo division) which will become the biggest A330-200F operator in 2013, MNG Airlines in Turkey, AviancaTaca (for its Tampa Cargo operation) in South America, Malaysia Airlines which purchased four freighters for the carrier’s MASkargo subsidiary, and Hong Kong Airlines (3 bought back from Aircastsle in August 2013 and one operated from BOC)
The first A330-200F provided to a customer was handed over to Etihad Airways during a ceremony at the 2010 Farnborough Airshow. The second receiving Airbus’ next-generation A330-200F was Hong Kong Airlines, while Turkish Airlines became the third in September 2010. MASkargo received its initial A330-200F in September 2011.
Tampa Cargo, which is AviancaTaca Holding’s Colombia-based cargo airline, was provided the first of four A330-200Fs from Airbus in December 2012 – marking the initial handover of this freighter type to a customer based in the Americas.
Leasing and service companies acquiring A330-200Fs to date are U.S.-based Aircastle Limited and Intrepid Aviation Group, BOC Aviation (previously known as Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise), Synergy Aerospace in Brazil.
In March 2013, the list of international carriers enhancing their aircraft fleets with Airbus’ A330-200F expanded with delivery of the first freighter for Qatar Airways – which was provided on lease from BOC Aviation.
With its designed-in profitability, reliability, versatility and eco-efficiency, the new A330-200F is the modern mid-sized freighter for cargo market development and growth – a fact underscored by Airbus’ “Right aircraft, right now” advertisement.Now open for business – 135.2 KB