Vallair, the launch customer of the Airbus A321 freighter, is pioneering the first passenger to freighter (P2F) conversions to be undertaken in China.
“We are excited to be embarking on the next phase of our A321 passenger to freighter conversion activity” said Gregoire Lebigot, CEO of Vallair. “MSN 1017 will be the first of nine aircraft scheduled to be converted in China, this is an important milestone.”
The work is being undertaken for Vallair by EFW at the ST Engineering facility in Guangzhou. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2021 to cargo-operator SmartLynx.
Vallair has previously partnered with EFW in Asia on the conversion of its inaugural A321F. The work was undertaken at its Singapore facility and delivered to launch operator Qantas Freight in October last year. Recently, the company signed an MoU with US operator GlobalX for ten conversions, and has leased a further two to SmartLynx Malta.
“Vallair is keen to introduce the A321F to the Chinese market as we see strong potential for the freighter in its active e-commerce sector,” said Lebigot. Our decision to commission the conversion process for a significant number of our lease portfolio ‘in-country’ demonstrates not only our confidence in the future implementation of this type, but also our commitment to local technical and engineering resources.”
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