Premiere in the freight sector: the first A321P2F takes off

Johanna Koyser
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An Airbus A321 as a cargo aircraft? This thought recalls images from the last few months, where you saw passenger planes loaded with cargo. But in the case of this A321, the suffix is significant, after all P2F stands for “passanger to freighter”. The Airbus A321P2F has absolutely nothing to do with a passenger aircraft anymore, but is a full cargo aircraft.

The company that specialises in such P2F conversions and is also responsible for the first A321P2F is called Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH. It is a joint venture of Airbus and ST Engineering. The converted A321-200 has already flown around the world as a passenger aircraft for 22 years. Vallair bought the aircraft two years ago and commissioned the conversion. In February, the A321P2F received the necessary EASA certification and last July the FAA certification. Until now, there has been no comparable freighter of this size. The aircraft offers space for up to 24 containers and thus seems perfect for domestic and regional cargo flights. 

Further A321 conversions are expected to follow, after all it is a sustainable and good use of older aircraft of this model. This A321P2F will henceforth fly for Qantas on behalf of Australia Post.

Picture © Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH

by Johanna Koyser

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