Launch Customer for Airbus A321 Passenger to Freight Conversion

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus, has announced that it has secured a launch contract from Vallair Solutions Sàrl (Vallair) for its A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion solution.

The Germany-based aerospace company will convert ten A321-200 passenger aircraft to a 14-pallet cargo configuration for Vallair.  The first aircraft will be inducted    in the last quarter of 2018, scheduled for redelivery by end of 2019.

Gregoire Lebigot, President and CEO of Vallair, commented: “My personal history with the A321 goes way back to the start of my career with Air France when it first introduced this aircraft in its fleet.  At Vallair, through years of trading and supporting the A320 family, we have built a solid technical competence on this aircraft type. Today, we see a huge potential in the A321 P2F, not only as a replacement of the B757F, but as a key tool for the cargo industry to achieve the projected growth rate of the air freight market in general – in particular driven by express services and e-commerce.  The A321 P2F will be the first aircraft to introduce a containerized lower deck to the market segment of narrow body freighters: a significant game changer for any hub and spoke operation. “