Vallair is the launch customer for EFW’s A321P2F

Vallair ordered ten A321-200 P-to-F conversions from EFW.

At the Singapore Air Show today, Luxembourg-based lessor Vallair confirmed it had placed a launch order with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) for ten A321 passenger-to-freighter conversions. The first aircraft is scheduled for induction in the fourth quarter of 2018, with redelivery planned by the end of 2019.

EFW, a 60/40 joint venture of ST Aerospace and Airbus, currently offers five passenger-to-freighter conversion programs:

Speaking at the announcement ceremony, Vallair President and CEO Gregoire Lebigot said: “We see a huge potential in the A321 P2F, not only as a replacement of the B757F, but as a key tool for the cargo industry to achieve the projected growth rate of the air freight market in general – in particular driven by express services and e-commerce.” He also reiterated something EFW has often said, that the A321P2F “will be the first [narrowbody] aircraft to introduce a containerized lower deck to the market: a significant game changer for any hub and spoke operation.”

EFW’s freighter-converted A321P2F will offer 14 main-deck positions, and 10 lower-hold positions.

Regarding the lower deck, the schematic at right illustrates why EFW claims that the A321P2F, while physically somewhat smaller than a 757-200 freighter, actually offers more usable cargo volume.

Interestingly, Vallair is also the launch customer for the only other A321 P-to-F program so far launched – that of 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture of Precision Aircraft Solutions and Air Transport Services Group.

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