Finding the sweet spot for next-gen narrowbody conversions

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of excitement (and jockeying by conversion houses) over the newest generation of narrowbody freighters, the Boeing 737NGs (737-700/-800) and Airbus A320 family (A320/321). As these newer freighters stand poised to begin replacing older types, let’s take an early look at the new programs and the […]

Guangdong Aerocity signs LOI with EFW for ten A320 conversions

Just one day after announcing Vallair as the launch customer for its A321P2F conversion program (click here for that story), EFW followed up with the news that China-based Guangdong Aerocity Holding Co Ltd (GDA) signed a Letter of Intent “for a potential order of 10 A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions to be carried out by EFW.” […]

加利福尼亚的C3航天工业,正式推出空车A320、A321的客机改造货机计划

目前,C3尚未发布关于货机改造的技术参数,以及推进的时间节点,但提供了一些背景信息: 1、A320、A321的改造工程技术业已开始,且即将完成。 2、A320将首先投入改造, A321则紧随其后。 3、目前,C3正在处理原型机改造的配套服务。虽然具体时间未知,但是预计很快就会开始切割金属。 4、虽未宣布首家客户,C3表示正在与多家潜在的客户进行磋商。 C3是全球进入空客A320系列改造领域的第三家公司。去年,EFW(ST Aerospace和空中客车的合资公司)宣布推出A320和A321的改造计划;上个月,321 Precision Conversions(PAS和ATSG的合资公司)宣布推出A321的改造计划。

C3 launches A320/A321 P-to-F conversion program

California-based C3 Aerospace (pronounced “C Cubed”) formally launched passenger-to-freighter conversion programs for the Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft today. C3 did not release technical specifications for either freighter, nor any details about when it expects certification, but did provide some background information. Engineering for both the A320 and A321 conversion began some time ago, and […]

EFW offers “14 + 10” pallet positions on A321 P-to-F

SHANGHAI: At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai yesterday, Wolfgang Schmid, EFW’s VP Sales & Marketing, announced that the company’s A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion would offer fourteen full-size (AAY) main-deck pallet positions, plus ten LD3-45W positions in the lower hold. This, EFW says, means that its A321P2F will offer the equivalent of seventeen full-size positions, […]

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 — Part III

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the worldwide narrowbody jet freighter fleet with a look at the state of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market at the end of 2016. You can read Part I here, and Part II here. Conversion from passenger configuration is the only source of narrowbody jet freighters. Operators and lessors of widebody […]
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