Weekly Recap: Amazon registers first B767-300; ST Engineering doubles A321P2F conversions; Airbus’ August announcements
In this week’s recap, we go through industry sources to see what’s the latest in aviation, with updates from Amazon, ST Engineering and Airbus.
September 11, 2020
By PLA Editor
After the issuance of its Part 135 Airline Operations Certificate (AOC), Amazon is now owner of a Boeing 767-300 freighter operating under a direct registration rather than through a leasing agreement, PaxExAero reports.
The registration N503AZ was issued on 31 August to Amazon.com Services LLC.
The aircraft, which will now serve as part of Amazon’s PrimeAir flight operations, flew for WestJet over the last five years before going into storage in March and subsequently transferred to Amazon mid-August.
Joining the aircraft in Lake City Gateway Airport in Florida was a second B767-300 from WestJet flying in from Calgary, with two more in storage expected to transition to the e-commerce giant, according to the report.
ST Engineering’s aerospace unit confirmed plans to increase A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion capability from nine to 25 each year by 2023, FlightGlobal reports.
The company mentioned A321P2F capabilities will be set up at its existing airframe MRO facilities in the US and China.
A321P2F conversions are currently done in Singapore and at its EFW joint venture facility in Germany.
ST Engineering’s Aerospace Guangzhou Aviation Services and VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering units will be equipped to handle A321P2F operations, the report stated.
Airbus’s August deliveries stood at 39 planes spread out between 35 of A320 Family, including the first A321neo to Gulf Air, two A330s with Portuguese carrier Orbes’ first A330-900, as well as two A350s.
Airbus’ 2020 aircraft orders stood at 303 from the original 370 net orders, after cancellations. The company registered 1 new order for an ACJ320neo and no cancellations in August.
The air manufacturer’s backlog as of 31 August was at 7,501, comprising 524 A220s, 6,091 A320 Family aircraft (with 6,034 A320neos), 319 A330s (with 285 A330neo Family), 558 A350 XWBs and nine A380s.
Meanwhile, Airbus Canada officially transferred the overall A220 material management services offer to Satair, as part of the programme integration into Airbus.