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Vallair Announces Airbus A330-300 Cargo Conversion Capability

Our Bureau - : Jul 4, 2022 - : 8:30 pm

Vallair and UUDS Group, in partnership with Regio Lease and Deucalion Aviation, announced their Airbus A330-300 E Class cargo conversion capability at Vallair’s new mega hangar in Châteauroux, France, Monday (4 July).

Different from a common method in which loading is done on pallets or containers, Vallair’s cargo conversion solution uses a conveyor that fits inside the cargo hold to efficiently load and distribute individual parcels. This was done to expedite the process and reduces turnaround times considerably.

“Innovation is and has always been integral to Vallair’s DNA. Turning the Airbus A330-300 upper deck into a cargo area without installing the large cargo door means that the conversion cost will be just a quarter of the cost compared to conversion with one. Turnaround time will be just around one month instead of six – so the benefits are clear to see,” said Founder, President & CEO of Vallair Grégoire Lebigot.

“This solution addresses current market needs and increases the value of the asset because it is completely reversible should the market change” adds Lebigot.  “The aircraft can easily be converted back to PAX configuration, or transformed into a freighter with a large cargo door in the future. It is a complementary alternative solution to the traditional freighter conversion, not a replacement,” he added.

Vallair’s new hangar in Châteauroux can accommodate two Airbus A330 aircraft, or one Airbus A330 and up to three Airbus A321s at any one time including maintenance, paint, engine shop, aerostructure repairs, conversion, teardown, and component support. The first two Deucalion Aviation Limited managed Airbus A330-300 aircraft are already in Châteauroux and scheduled to undertake the E Class conversion which will offer around 60 tonnes of payload and a range of approximately 4,200nm.

The company believes that the industry will view this as a sustainable option that will keep the assets flying for longer. It is also expecting the EASA approval using a Supplemental Type Certificate within the next two months.


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