CFS: EFW upgrades max weight on A321-200P2F following service entry

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has upped the gross payload of its A321P2F conversion program, just as the first aircraft enters into service. The company has achieved weight savings of over a tonne, enabling an upgrade in gross payload to 28 tonnes (62,000 lbs), Wolfgang Schmid, vice president of sales and marketing for Airbus freighter conversions at […]

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 […]

FAA approves EFW’s A321F as first redelivery nears

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has validated the supplemental type certificate (STC) Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) obtained from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its A321P2F conversion, effectively greenlighting the aircraft for operations in the United States. EFW received the STC in February. With approvals from the two major authorities now at hand, EFW […]

Crisis could diversify next-gen narrowbody leasing market

Minneapolis (MSP) is not a base for all-cargo carriers, and yet a freshly painted 737-800BCF (32605, ex-Hainan Airlines) landed at the airport on June 26, having arrived empty from Everett (PAE). The aircraft had arrived in Everett in early June after conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing in China. In the past three months, GECAS, […]

Spotted: A321PCF prototype on the move

Freighter-converted A321s are on the horizon. The first A321-200 to be converted by 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture between Precision Aircraft Solutions and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), was spotted taxiing outside the Avocet MRO facility at Orlando Sanford International (SFB), where the conformity aircraft is being converted. The aircraft (891, ex-Air Mediterranee), seen […]

Qantas, KLM fly passenger aircraft as freighters, Lufthansa and IAG may follow

[Note: Qantas has now decided to suspend all international passenger flying from the end of March until at least May 31, 2020.] As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more airlines are beginning to operate empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying […]

EFW to begin A321 conversions at Guangzhou site

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering Aerospace, will start converting A321-200s into freighter configuration at a second site in Guangzhou later this year, in addition to the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP). Luxembourg-based Vallair told Cargo Facts that its next three A321s to be converted by EFW will likely all be converted at […]

EFW granted STC for A321P2F

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering, has received the supplemental type certificate (STC) for its A321P2F program from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. EFW told Cargo Facts that EASA granted the certificate Feb. 20, so A321P2F conversions can begin to be redelivered. But EFW said that the first aircraft […]
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