Lufthansa Cargo is on the cusp of becoming the latest A321F operator and the first of 2022.
The 2008-vintage unit 3504 (ex-Eurowings), belonging to U.S.-based lessor BBAM, carried out its first post-conversion test flight Jan. 16 and made another today.
Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) confirmed to Cargo Facts that customer acceptance has now taken place and that unit 3504, which had arrived at the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP) in June 2021 for conversion, will soon make its way back to Germany after final tests.
Unit 3504, with CFM56 engines, is the seventh A321-200P2F that EFW has converted and is BBAM’s third. BBAM became EFW’s largest customer last year with an order for eighteen conversion slots. Another 2003-vintage A321-200 (1988, ex-LaudaMotion) which arrived at XSP in late December 2021 is also due to join Lufthansa on lease.
Lufthansa Cargo recently told Cargo Facts that it was expecting to receive its first A321P2F by the end of February and the second in the second half of 2022. The carrier announced in July 2021 that it had selected the A321F platform for intra-European operations.
Units 3504 and 1988 will both be operated by the group’s regional subsidiary Lufthansa CityLine. Lufthansa Cargo said in a social media post that it plans to begin commercial service with unit 3504 “in a couple of weeks.”
BBAM’s first two A321-200P2Fs joined U.K.-based Titan Airways on lease in early 2021.
The majority of the A321s In BBAM’s order will likely be converted in the U.S. EFW recently began A321P2F conversions at the VT San Antonio Aerospace facility in San Antonio (SAT).
Lufthansa isn’t the only combination carrier increasing its fleet of converted A321s. Qantas took delivery of its third A321-200P2F from the same ST Engineering facility in Singapore in December 2021, while U.S.-based lessor Castlelake sent what will be the first A321P2F it will lease to IndiGo to XSP in November for conversion.
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