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 :)
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