California-based C Cubed Aerospace is nearing the completion of its first A320-200CCF conversion six months after Mike McConnell was brought on as the new CEO. The conversion house also expects to induct its first A321 for conversion in the upcoming months.
C Cubed told Cargo Facts that while there is still some touch labor to be done, its conformity A320 conversion is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year.
McConnell, who joined C Cubed at the beginning of 2022, said that the company’s main priority will transition from initial development to the production phase. “It’s moving from doing a prototype and pivoting to production where there’s more predictability, more replication, just like an OEM production certificate,” he said. “The MROs want predictability so that every time they can take a learning curve and take a little bit of time out as they build those conversions over time. So this is a big transition for us.”
McConnell has more than twenty-four years of aviation experience, previously serving as director of Jet Capital and various other positions at Aero Voodoo, Raisbeck Engineering, Eclipse Aviation and Mooney Aircraft.
C Cubed first began its A320 conversion in 2019 with the induction of the 2001-vintage unit 1523 (ex-Sky Airline) at the Alta Aero Technic facility in Kansas City (MCI). Executive Chairman Brian Sagi told Cargo Facts earlier this year that the conversion program had suffered some delays from pandemic-related supply chain issues, but was expecting its supplemental type certificate (STC) in the fall.
When its A320 is completed, C Cubed intends to begin working on its first A321 conversion within approximately two months. McConnell added that this aircraft shares “production commonality” with the A320 and should therefore not be considered a prototype.
C Cubed will be the second company to have an A320 freighter conversion certified. Earlier this year Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) obtained an STC from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its A320P2F program with the prototype unit 2737 (ex-IndiGo).