The air cargo world is preparing to welcome its newest addition – a converted Airbus A320 freighter. The aircraft was recently delivered to its customer in Singapore and will soon start flying for a cargo company in India. The A320P2F represents the freight industry’s growing need for freighter conversions, as airlines increasingly realize the potential of these aircraft.
The world’s first A320P2F “redelivered”
On July 15, ST Engineering and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) announced the delivery of the Airbus A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (A320P2F) to launch customer Vaayu Group (Vaayu) at ST Engineering’s airframe plant in Singapore.
This A320P2F belongs to ST Engineering’s Aircraft Asset Management business and is the first of several converted freighter aircraft to be leased from Vaayu. ST Engineering’s Commercial Aerospace business had signed an agreement in February to lease up to five Airbus A320P2Fs to the Vaayu Group (Vaayu).
Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW, commented,
“With this new delivery, our Airbus P2F family of narrowbody and widebody freighters is finally complete. This comes at a good time as the demand for converted freighters continues to grow. Our comprehensive suite of Airbus P2F solutions will serve to bridge the current gap and future growth in the air cargo market, while providing excellent choices and benefits to airlines looking to grow a diverse fleet of freighter aircraft with operations municipalities.
The A320P2F can accommodate up to 10 containers (ULDs) and one pallet position on the main deck, and seven container positions on the lower deck. Given its gross payload of up to 21 tons at a maximum range of 1,850 NM and a total usable containerized volume of 159 m3 (approximately 5,600 ft3), the cargo aircraft has a stowage efficiency of 85%.
Will fly for Pradhaan Air in India
The aircraft will enter service for Pradhaan Air Express, a new all-cargo airline in India and a sub-lessee of Vaayu. Pradhaan Air announced on July 6 that it had received the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and is expected to start commercial operations later this year.
The airline is being established by the founder of airline general sales agency Zeal Global Corporation, Nipun Anand, and will be based at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Anand commented,
“The world’s first A320P2F for the Indian market will guarantee dedicated freighter capacity, further enhancing range. Bringing the world’s first A320 converted freighter to India is like a dream come true. A second aircraft will be introduced by the end of this year with plans to expand the fleet. »
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About the plane
According to data from ch-aviation, the 16.34-year-old twinjet entered service with TAM in April 2006 as PR-MBB.
After just over a decade of flying for the Brazilian carrier, ATDB.aero notes that he spent just over a year at Spire Flight Solutions as M-IBAL. However, it went unused during this time. From April 2018 to October 2020, he served Indian carrier IndiGo as VT-IHM, before joining ST Engineering for its conversion in February 2021.
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