IN FOCUS: EFW seeks more MRO to balance freighter conversions

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EFW has a P2F conversion contract with Deutsche Post DHL for 18 A300-600s

While Airbus launched the long-awaited A330 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion programme this year, EADS's modification centre - Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) - in Dresden wants to build up its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities to become less dependent on the cyclic air cargo industry.

The historic Saxon city has a long aerospace tradition, as in 1958 it was the birthplace of Germany's first passenger jetliner - the four-engined, ill-fated Baade 152.

In recent years, however, the company has had a rough ride. After the air freight sector collapsed in 2008, EFW had to cut working hours and lend staff to other EADS facilities for the following two years as its A300/A310 conversion line dried up because of declining cargo volumes and reluctance by carriers to invest in more aircraft.

 

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