Elbe Flugzeugwerke has signed a letter of intent with Sichuan Haite High-Tech to use its MRO facility in Tianjin for A321P2F conversions.
EFW expects the new line to begin its first A321P2F conversion in Q3 2023, according to a statement. The Haite location will be EFW’s second A321 conversion site in China after it opened its first at the ST Aerospace (Guangzhou) Aviation Services (STAG) facility in Guangzhou (CAN) in 2020.
EFW has continued to invest in its A321 conversion program and told Cargo Facts that its orderbook for A321P2Fs surpasses 100 units. In October 2022 the company said it had secured more than 200 orders for A321P2F and A330P2F conversions.
Fueling EFW’s A321F orderbook are large orders from lessors such as AerCap and BBAM.
In addition to the two Chinese locations, EFW’s A321P2F conversions also take place at the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP) and the VT San Antonio Aerospace facility in San Antonio (SAT).
The Haite MRO facility also serves as a conversion site for Israel Aerospace Industries’ 737NG program and is one of a growing list of MROs in China to offer conversion capacity for multiple aircraft types and conversion providers.
At CAN, apart from converting A321s for EFW, STAG also recently completed its first Boeing 767-300BCF conversion, while in Xiamen (XMN), the HAECO facility is home to Aeronautical Engineers Inc. 737-800SF, Precision 757-200PCF and A321-200PCF conversion lines, and the Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (GAMECO) facility converts 737-800BCFs and 767-300BCFs for Boeing.
For its part, EFW also has moved to expand its A330P2F conversion capacity in two other locations beyond Singapore (SIN), Dresden (DRS), Shanghai (PVG) and Mobile (BFM): the first is the Turkish Technic facility in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport (ISL), which is expected to start conversions in Q3 2023, and the second is the Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Corp. (AMECO) facility in Chengdu (CTU), which also will begin later this year.
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