The World’s First Airbus A321 Freighter [Qantas Freight X Australian Post A321F]

The World’s First Airbus A321 Freighter

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Airbus A321s that have completed their operational service carrying passengers for airlines can soon have a second life as highly efficient freighters, converted through a programme involving ST Engineering and Airbus with their joint venture, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW).

The A321P2F is a perfect replacement for the older generation of narrow-body freighters. With space for 14 large containers/pallets on the main deck and 10 LD3-type containers on the lower deck, it is the most cost-efficient freighter in its category available today. It also is more environmentally friendly through a much lower fuel burn and reduced emissions.

Within the joint venture, ST Engineering is responsible for the engineering development up to the STC issuance and the conversion kit supply. Airbus, as the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) provides technical data and certification support, development of on-board computers, airframe engineering, flight physics and flight test expertise. EFW will be the STC holder and leads the overall programme and commercialisation.

D-ANJA, the first passenger A321 aircraft to be converted to a A321 freighter has been conducting multiple air tests in the skies of Singapore since January 2020 after undergoing rework at ST Engineering’s facility in Singapore. It was recently painted in it’s Qantas Freighter X Australian Post colors (as seen in the image above) and is set to be delivered to Qantas under the registration VH-ULD by end 2020.

I was happy to be able to get a shot of this magnificent aircraft in it’s testing stage and I hope you liked it :)

What do you think about this? Let me know!

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That’s so weird seeing the A320 family as cargo, but cool at the same time!

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Beautiful shot! Been seeing this angle everywhere lol. Guess it’s a big spotting area in Singapore Seletar?

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Many places at Seletar to spot this beauty! It’s been going out for air tests often and yesterday was it’s first time going out for an air test fully painted.

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The “Australian Post” could’ve been like a small logo but that livery looks hawt 🔥

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That is amazing! I think I’ve seen that photo that you posted on Jetphotos

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I didn’t upload it there, that was my friend.

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Looking cool so far… can’t wait to see it on other airlines if they ordered it

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I think Qantas is the only one that’s confirmed for the A321P2F. Leasing companies have placed orders but airlines haven’t.

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Actually, the launch customer was Vallair who leased it to Qantas which explains why it’s going to Qantas first.

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Ok I thought so

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But Qantas is the only confirmed airline, right? Leasing companies have placed orders, but Qantas is the only one receiving them for now?

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That’s correct.

It looks great in that livery! I like it.

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I feel like this was long overdue. I definitely could imagine there being demand for smaller cargo aircraft, and the A321 is a good fit. Nice topic Nicholas!

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For sure! The A321 is the perfect aircraft. Thanks!

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What a beauty, hope it makes some trips across the Tasman!

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Weird but cool 😎. Great to see older Airbuses getting second lives as freighters!

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It looks nice! I really hope there’ll be more A321 Freighters in the future

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Next thing you know, a A380 freighter 😎

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