Guggenheim Aviation Partners orders six A330-200F 18 January 2007
Following the authorization to offer the A330 Freighter last summer,
firm, acting on behalf of one of its investment funds, is the first customer
family. With this order for six aircraft, converting a Letter of Intent
signed last October, GAP becomes a launch customer for the new Airbus
freighter with deliveries expected to commence in early 2010.
"Guggenheim Aviation Partners is pleased to add the new wide-body freighter, the Airbus A330-200F, to our growing fleet" said GAP Managing Director Paul Newrick. "Guggenheim Aviation Partners is making a significant investment in the acquisition of medium range and long-haul freighters, as we believe this is a market that is currently underserved and is expected to benefit from near-term industry growth", he added.
Airbus COO Customers, John Leahy underlined the importance of the deal, saying: "We are very pleased that Guggenheim Aviation Partners has chosen to be a launch customer for the A330-200F. The decision by such an investment firm to acquire the A330-200 freighter is a great endorsement for our new freighter. It clearly demonstrates Guggenheim's foresight and the confidence investors put in the value of our new freighter".
Depending on mode selected, the A330-200F can carry up to 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400 km or 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930 km - non-stop. These range and payload capabilities will enable operators to grow their business by opening up or extending cargo routes they currently operate. Thanks to an optimized fuselage cross-section, it has the interior flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes for maximum interlining capability, offering 30 percent more volume than any freighter in its class.
The A330-200F is a derivative of the very popular A330 Family aircraft with more than 60 operators worldwide. With a large number of aircraft in service it will enable a smooth introduction of the new all-cargo variant into existing A330 fleets. The A330-200F will also benefit from, as all the other Airbus aircraft in production, the now well recognised Airbus Fly-By-Wire technology enabling faster pilot transition to and from other Airbus aircraft, both passenger and freighter.
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