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A330PtoF Good Or No?  
User currently offlinetpilot2881 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Thoughts on Airbus and St. Aerospace converting a 330-2/300 P to F.

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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3856 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2724 times:
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the conversion has been batted around several times in civil aviation forum... could you provide more of a backdrop to your question ... the consensus, I think was, it is possible but the probable fleet too small to be economically viable.

User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31399 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2720 times:
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The A330-200 should prove a popular option as a freighter for it slots in nicely between the 767-300 freighter and 777 freighter.

The A330-300P2F should also do well as a regional freighter.


User currently offlineamccann From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Would the passenger to freighter conversion modify the nose landing gear to level the main deck floor? For curiosity sake, how big of a deal is it to have a canted main deck floor while loading cargo? I feel so long as cargo is properly loaded/unloaded it should not be a problem.


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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31399 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
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Quoting amccann (Reply 3):
Would the passenger to freighter conversion modify the nose landing gear to level the main deck floor?

No. The plane would be jacked up to level the floor during loading and unloading.


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13522 posts, RR: 100
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2395 times:
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Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
The A330-300P2F should also do well as a regional freighter.

  

To others:
The issue with the A330PtoF is that the used A330s held their value as passenger planes to well to be converted. That will end with significant 787 and A350 deliveries.

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Quoting amccann (Reply 3):
Would the passenger to freighter conversion modify the nose landing gear to level the main deck floor

They would in my opinion & that would be a significant addon to the costs of the mod.



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User currently offlineamccann From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 4):
No. The plane would be jacked up to level the floor during loading and unloading

Interesting approach. I personally would not be comfortable loading and unloading an airplane in a jacked position.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 6):
They would in my opinion & that would be a significant addon to the costs of the mod.

I agree that the cost to relocate or modify the NWW would price the conversion program out of the market. At that point it would be nearly as cheap to buy a factory built A330F.

I'm also surprised that no one has come up with a solution to move and secure palletized cargo on an inclined plane. That seems like a MUCH more cost effective and easy solution to the problem.



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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31399 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1777 times:
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Quoting amccann (Reply 7):
Interesting approach. I personally would not be comfortable loading and unloading an airplane in a jacked position.

Well they'd brace the back of the plane, just as they do with other cargo planes when they're loading heavy stuff in the back. So there would be no safety issues.


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