GlobalX and Vallair sign LoI for ten A321Fs

Florida-based startup Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) intends to lease ten A321 converted freighters from Luxembourg-based Vallair. Under the letter of intent (LoI), the first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to GlobalX by the third quarter of 2021, with all ten in service by the second quarter of 2023. GlobalX told Cargo Facts it is […]

Sine Draco selects MRO for A321-200 conversion

Sine Draco Aviation Development has selected Ascent Aviation Services’ Tucson (TUS) MRO facility to perform touch labor for its in-development A321-200SDF passenger-to-freighter conversion program.  Ascent Aviation plans to induct the first aircraft (963, ex-AtlasGlobal) early next year, Sine Draco told Cargo Facts.       Accounting for touch labor, engineering and flight tests, Sine Draco is targeting a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA in late 2021 or early 2022.   Sine […]

Weekly Wrap: Here come the A321 freighters

The A321F has very much been the star of the past week, with the first aircraft converted to freighter configuration by 321 Precision Conversions taking flight, the first EFW frame leaving Singapore on delivery, and a new operator committing to the platform.   In this Cargo Facts Connect episode, Senior Editor Charles Kauffman and Associate Editor Jeff Lee discuss these developments and look ahead to […]

SmartLynx leaps into freighters with A321PCF and A321P2F

SmartLynx Malta will become the latest combination carrier when it enters the freighter market as the launch operator of 321 Precision Conversions’ A321PCF program. SmartLynx will also be the first operator to have A321-200Fs converted by both 321 Precision Conversions and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW). The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that, in addition to unit […]

Ancra plans for record CLS deliveries amid surging P2F demand

U.S.-based Ancra International has ramped up its production of cargo-loading systems (CLS) as conversion activity intensifies, and expects to make a record number of deliveries in 2021. The company told Cargo Facts that, based on guidance provided by the various conversion houses, it recently upped its manufacturing output earlier this summer and is on course […]

Aviation slump does little to slow part-out interest in narrowbody feedstock

Competition for narrowbody feedstock from the part-out market remains strong despite an unprecedented aviation slump, according to APOC Aviation, an aircraft part-out company based in Rotterdam. The prospect of lower feedstock acquisition prices has catalyzed interest in newer narrowbody conversion types from participants in the freighter market, but interest from part-out companies continues to attract […]

Seen: A321P2F in Qantas/Australia Post colors

The first A321 freighter converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has taken its first flight in the colors of launch customer Qantas Freight. Lessor Vallair confirmed to Cargo Facts that delivery to Qantas is expected in the next couple of weeks. The first A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion performing a test flight in Singapore prior to delivery to […]

A trio of 737-800 conversions for Aero Capital Solutions

U.S.-based Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) is bullish on narrowbody freighters and has committed to at least three 737-800SF conversions with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI). ACS confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had ferried all three aircraft (28231, ex-Smartwings; 28655, ex-Eastar Jet; and 29925, ex-Go2Sky) to the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (STAECO) facility in […]
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