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 delivery by end of 2019.
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. It’s considered as the only viable 752F replacement.