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ST Engineering And EFW Redeliver World’s First A320P2F

Our Bureau - : Jul 15, 2022 - : 6:53 pm

ST Engineering and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) announced the redelivery of the first Airbus A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (A320P2F) aircraft to a launch customer, Vaayu Group (Vaayu) at ST Engineering’s airframe facility in Singapore on Friday (15 July). The new aircraft is owned by the aviation asset management business of ST Engineering and is the first of several converted freighter aircraft that will be leased to Vaayu.

The redelivery marks the birth of the world’s first A320P2F and the completion of the Airbus P2F family developed jointly by ST Engineering, Airbus, and EFW. It joins the other already operational Airbus P2F platforms, the A330-300P2F, A330-200P2F, and A321P2F, which were first redelivered in 2017, 2018, and 2020 respectively. The aircraft is the second variant in the Airbus narrowbody P2F solutions and was developed using original OEM data from Airbus. 

In the Airbus P2F conversions, EFW leads the overall program as well as marketing and sales efforts.

“With this redelivery, our Airbus P2F family of narrowbody and widebody freighters is finally complete,” said Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW. “This comes at a ripe time as demand for converted freighters continues to surge. Our full suite of Airbus P2F solutions will serve to meet the current gap and future growth of the air freight market while offering excellent choices and benefits to airlines looking to grow a diverse fleet of freighter aircraft with operating commonality,” he added.

The first A320P2F aircraft will enter into service for a new all-cargo airline in India Pradhaan Air Express which is a sub-lessee of Vaayu.

“With this redelivery, we expect the world’s first A320P2F to provide an efficient and credible freighter solution to our customers that are looking to leverage the current and forecast demand in air freight growth,” said Emad Al Monayea, Chairman of Vaayu Group. “We are pleased that our partnership with ST Engineering, EFW, and Airbus has created aviation history in the Indian market by placing the aircraft with Pradhaan Air Express.”

“The world’s first A320P2F for the Indian market will secure dedicated cargo capacity boosting more self-reliance. Getting the world’s first A320 converted freighter to India is like a dream come true,” said Nipun Anand, Pradhaan Air Express CEO, and Founder. A second aircraft will be inducted by the end of this year with plans for further fleet expansion,”.

The converted A320 to cargo aircraft can accommodate up to 10 ULD containers and one pallet position inside the main deck, and seven container positions inside the lower deck. Given its gross payload of up to 21 tonnes at a maximum range of 1,850 nm and a total usable containerized volume of 159 m3 (approx. 5,600 ft3), the freighter aircraft has 85% stowage efficiency which makes the aircraft an ideal freighter platform to serve the fast-growing global e-commerce market.


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