Avocet Aviation Services has begun work on the industry’s first Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion solution involving the development of the first cargo door prototype. The multi-phase project is due to be completed in 2019.
The Central Florida-based aircraft maintenance services provider was awarded the contract by 321 Precision Conversions, LLC, an international leader in aircraft modifications based in Portland, Oregon.
“The rise in aging fleets has created an increasing demand for conversions as the market seeks new ways to protect, preserve and extend the life of its current assets in effective and profitable ways,” said Patrick Arellano Sr., CEO, Avocet MRO Services. ͞
The continued demand for converted narrow body freighters is unprecedented and fueled by a combination of asset replacements, new entrant lift providers and market growth as the E commerce demand for time sensitive cargo lift continues,” said Precision’s President, Gary Warner.
Avocet, which is performing the A321 prototype conversion at its 55,000-square foot facility at Orlando-Sanford International Airport in Florida, owns a cargo door conversion Supplemental Type Certificate and has also done cargo door conversions in the past.