The first freighter-converted A320-200 has taken to the air for the first time.
The 2006-vintage unit 2737 (ex-IndiGo) recently completed the conversion process with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture of Airbus and ST Engineering, at the ST facility in Singapore (XSP), after arriving in February.
ST confirmed to Cargo Facts that its asset management arm owns unit 2737, which has IAE V2500 engines, and that it expects to place the aircraft on lease to U.A.E.-based Vaayu Group after certification in the first quarter of 2022.
Vaayu announced in November that it had committed to leasing up to five A320P2Fs from ST Engineering.
Vaayu’s business units include aviation activities such as leasing, training and maintenance. The A320P2F will be the largest aircraft and first freighter to join the group’s portfolio, which according to its website currently consists of nine Cessna 172s and six Piper aircraft.
The A320-200P2F offers ten full container and one pallet position on its main deck, along with seven on the lower deck. Like its longer sibling, the EFW conversion features a smaller redesigned crew entry door.
Apart from EFW, another A320-200 freighter conversion program is in development, with U.S.-based C Cubed Aerospace currently working on its conformity aircraft (1523, ex-Sky Airline) at the FMS facility in Kansas City (MCI).
EFW’s first A321-200P2F (835), now in service with Qantas, made its first flight in early 2020. The Dresden-based company obtained the supplemental type certificate (STC) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for that conversion program in February 2020.