First converted A330 freighter flies from Cologne/Bonn
For many years, this plane carried passengers to their holiday destinations - in the future, it will be transporting fruit and vegetables from Egypt: On Sunday afternoon, the first commercial air cargo flight with the world's first Airbus A330-200 converted from a passenger to a cargo aircraft landed at Cologne Bonn Airport. Egyptair Cargo has incorporated the first aircraft of this type in its fleet and will operate between Cologne/Bonn and Cairo three times per week. The aircraft will regularly land at and take off from Cologne/Bonn in the afternoons. From October, the airline will increase its weekly flights to five, servicing Johannesburg as a new destination in addition to Cairo.
"We are very pleased that Egyptair Cargo is increasing its engagement here at Cologne/Bonn by deploying this aircraft. This is a strong commitment to our location and highlights once again the relevance and the potential of our Airport's cargo sector," says Johan Vanneste, CEO of Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH.
The A330-200P2F freighter replaces the Airbus A300-600F previously deployed by the airline. With a maximum payload of 61 tonnes, the more advanced and quieter new A330-200P2F can carry about 25 per cent more air cargo than its predecessor.