Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering, has received the supplemental type certificate (STC) for its A321P2F program from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
EFW told Cargo Facts that EASA granted the certificate Feb. 20, so A321P2F conversions can begin to be redelivered. But EFW said that the first aircraft (835, ex-Onur Air), which was ferried to the ST Aerospace facility in Singapore (XSP) toward the end of 2018 and began flight tests this January, would receive additional modifications and upgrades ordered by Australian carrier Qantas, which will be leasing unit 835 from Luxembourg-based Vallair.
Qantas announced in August 2019 that it would introduce up to three A321P2Fs as part of an expanded, seven-year agreement signed with Australia Post. The carrier is set to be the launch operator of the type when the first aircraft enters into service in October.
Qantas recently signed a letter of intent for its second A321P2F with Keystone Holdings, a 50-50 joint venture between ST Aerospace and SJ Aviation Capital. The aircraft (1408, ex-Spirit Airlines) is currently still in passenger service with Jetstar, Qantas’ low-cost subsidiary, and is expected to be redelivered by the end of 2021, after conversion in XSP.
The second A321 to be converted by EFW (1238, ex-Thomas Cook Airlines) was ferried to XSP on Christmas Day and inducted for conversion in January. The aircraft is expected to be redelivered by the end of the year to U.K.-based Titan Airways, on lease from BBAM. The carrier plans to add a total of three A321P2Fs.