Wolfgang Schmid, vp sales & marketing of EFW, announced the launch of the 14P configuration for the A321 Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversion. The announcement was made during Cargo Facts Asia 2017, which was held in Shanghai.
This configuration allows 14 full container positions in the upper deck compartment and ten containers in the lower deck. With 14 AAY/AAA 88”x125” and 10 LD3-45W this gives a total inner container volume of 7,348 ft3/ 208.1 m3 Thus, the A321 P2F-conversion from EFW will provide the maximum of volume capacity in comparison to other narrow body alternatives.
The A320 family is the only narrowbody aircraft that offers container loading on the lower deck and therefore not only increased volume and payload capabilities but also better turnaround times and interlining capabilities as well as less manpower for loading.
Airbus, ST Aerospace and EFW have extended their strategic partnership for the development of the OEM supported A320 P2F.
The conversion program will play a key role in the single aisle freighter segment and will complement the medium-size A330F and A330P2F, creating a family of Airbus Freighters.
A320 P2F are the only Single Aisle freighters that accommodate containers or pallets on both decks:
- More usable volume
- Increased payload capability
- Better interlining capability
- Better turnaround times
- More flexibility