Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has upped the gross payload of its A321P2F conversion program, just as the first aircraft enters into service.
The company has achieved weight savings of over a tonne, enabling an upgrade in gross payload to 28 tonnes (62,000 lbs), Wolfgang Schmid, vice president of sales and marketing for Airbus freighter conversions at EFW, told the audience during a presentation at Cargo Facts Symposium 2020.
The enhancement has already been applied onto the second frame converted by EFW (1238, ex-Thomas Cook Airlines), currently in Singapore (XSP) and nearing delivery to U.K.-based Titan Airways, on lease from BBAM.
Titan confirmed to Cargo Facts it expects to send a team to XSP in early November for the acceptance.
321 Precision Conversions, which recently saw the first flight of its prototype A321PCF (891, ex-Air Mediterranee), currently lists the standard payload of its conversion as approximately 27 tonnes (59,680 lbs).
Meanwhile, the first-ever A321P2F (835, ex-Onur Air), recently delivered to launch operator Qantas on lease from Vallair, has now entered service and is currently flying between Melbourne (MEL) and Brisbane (BNE) for Australia Post.
The company also boosted the gross payload of the A330-300P2F earlier this year, redelivering the first upgraded frame (777, ex-China Eastern Airlines) to DHL in May.