Qantas has ordered three Airbus A321P2F (passenger to freight conversion) for delivery starting in 2020. They didn’t disclose where the donor aircraft were coming from. the first is expected in October 2020.
The deal is part of an agreement between Qantas and Australia post worth AU$1 billion, for the airline to deliver domestic and international post.
Airbus specifications show the A321P2F can carry up to 27.9 metric tonnes of cargo in a two-deck layout, comprising up to 14 containers on the main deck and up to 10 containers on the lower deck. The aircraft had a range of 2,300nm.
The A321P2F will carry 9 tonnes more than the 737’s and offer almost a 50% capacity increase.
After a complex history of ownership swaps, Qantas established a dedicated sub-fleet of 6 737-300F’s and one 737-400F delivered in 2017. These are operated by Qantas owned Express Freighters Australia. The new A321P2F’s will join the fleet.
Cobham Aviation services also operate 3 BAe146-300F’s for Qantas.