Egyptair newly-converted A330-200F seen at Cologne-Bonn airport before its inaugural flight
Cairo : Germany's Colo-gne-Bonn airport saw the launch of Egyptair's newly converted Airbus A330-200P2F freighter which made its first commercial flight.
The freighter, the first of its type to be converted from a passenger aircraft, will operate three times a week between Cologne-Bonn and Cairo.
From October, the airline will increase its weekly flights to five, servicing Johannesburg as a new destination in addition to Cairo.
Johan Vanneste, Chief Executive of the airport, said, "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."
The A330-200P2F freighter replaces the Airbus A300-600F previously deployed by the Middle East carrier. With a maximum payload of 61 tones, the more advanced and quieter A330-200P2F can carry around 25 per cent more freight than its predecessor.