Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering Aerospace, will start converting A321-200s into freighter configuration at a second site in Guangzhou later this year, in addition to the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP).
Luxembourg-based Vallair told Cargo Facts that its next three A321s to be converted by EFW will likely all be converted at the ST Aerospace (Guangzhou) Aviation Services facility in Guangzhou (CAN). This is an MRO joint venture between ST Engineering and the Guangdong Airport Authority. Vallair noted, however, that given the fluid and developing situation with the coronavirus, it could consider reverting to the Singapore facility.
The first A321 to enter the Guangzhou facility is scheduled to be inducted in June. Redelivery, previously planned for the fourth quarter of this year, has been adjusted to the second quarter of 2021, to an unidentified customer. The second A321 is scheduled to be inducted in December and redelivered in the third quarter of 2021, while the third aircraft is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.
EFW recently obtained the supplemental type certificate (STC) for its A321P2F program. Vallair told Cargo Facts that the first frame (835, ex-Onur Air), currently still in XSP, will be painted there and redelivered to launch carrier Qantas this summer, ahead of a planned entry into service in October.
Vallair also has an A321-200 (891, ex-Air Mediterranee) undergoing conversion with 321 Precision Conversions, a JV between Precision Aircraft Solutions and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), at the Avocet facility in Orlando Sanford (SFB). Vallair plans to redeliver this aircraft by the end of this summer, shortly after the STC is granted to 321 Precision Conversions, and hopes to then have the next frame inducted for conversion afterward.