Time flies: the A330-200F marks one year of delivering on promises

Time flies: the A330-200F marks one year of delivering on promises

In just one full year of commercial service, Airbus’ A330-200F has rapidly established itself as a highly efficient and profitable cargo lift solution for a growing global customer base – more than living up to its billing as “the right aircraft, right now.”

28 September 2011 Headline news

 

Since entering commercial service with Etihad Airways’ dedicated Crystal Cargo operation last September, the A330-200F has achieved an impressive reliability rate of more than 99.4 per cent – while flying over 10 hours daily on short- to long-haul missions around the world.

A total of seven freighters were in operation as of 31 August, with A330-200Fs in the fleets of Etihad Crystal Cargo, Turkish Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines. Earlier this month, MASkargo received its initial A330-200F aircraft – allowing this freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines to serve more markets with greater frequency and reduced operating costs. To date, a total of 61 firm orders have been booked for the new-generation freighter by 10 customers.

Based on Airbus’ popular A330-200 passenger aircraft, the A330-200F offers better payload, range and economics than previous-generation freighters in its class. In addition, it provides the full benefits of operational commonality with Airbus’ fly-by-wire family of single-aisle and widebody jetliners.

One of the A330-200F's most distinguishing features is its large main-deck cargo door, which allows the Airbus freighter to accept all commonly-used pallets and containers – enabling the transport of high-value consumer goods, higher-density general cargo, express packages and parcels, as well as perishables. The 141 X 101-inch door – derived from the proven cargo door on A300/A310 freighters – is electrically-controlled and hydraulically-operated.

“We believe the Airbus [A330-200F] freighter is a great long-term investment,” said Ron Wainshal, CEO of Aircastle, which purchased three freighters for leasing to Hong Kong Airlines. “The A330-200F’s extended payload range and low operating costs make it the best aircraft in its class.”

The freighter’s outstanding value to its operators was further underscored in March 2011 by a repeat order from Turkish Airlines that included three additional A330-200Fs. According to Turkish Airlines CEO Dr. Temel Kotil, the aircraft’s outstanding flexibility and efficiency in operational service made the follow-on order a “logical choice” for the carrier’s growth.