Dresden, Germany - Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture between ST Engineering and Airbus secured Supplement Type Certification (STC) from the European Union Aviation Safety Association (EASA) for the Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion of the Airbus A321.
The certification came one month after the aircraft made its maiden flight test on January 22.
The swift process in attaining EASA’s STC shortly after our first flight test is a testament to the engineering and design strengths of our P2F solution. With this STC, we have added another first in the world to our family of Airbus P2F platforms, to provide a wide array of attractive and proven solutions for the air cargo industry,
Lim Serh Ghee, President of ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector, said.
It is great to celebrate yet another milestone with our long-standing partners, ST Engineering and EFW for the A321P2F programme, which bears testament to the strong co-operation and commitment in this freighter conversion venture. With the EASA approval, we are confident of seeing more operators show interest in the highly capable A321P2F to meet their operational needs, and we look forward to the aircraft entering into service soon,
Andreas Hermann, Airbus’ Vice President, Asset Management, and Member of the EFW Shareholders’ Committee, said.
The A321P2F program was launched in 2015. The aircraft is the result of a collaboration between ST Engineering, Airbus and EFW. This is the exclusive A321P2F program whereby Airbus contributes with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) data and certification support.
ST Engineering is responsible for the engineering development phase, up to obtaining the STC from EASA and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, while EFW leads the overall program as well as marketing & sales. As the STC holder, EFW is also responsible for the adaption engineering in the serial phase as well as for customer services and support.
ST Engineering and EFW are the only providers in the world offering Airbus freighter conversions through their own STC developed using original OEM engineering data, which make their solutions all the more robust and reliable.
The A321P2F is the first in its size category to offer containerized loading in both the main deck (up to 14 full container positions) and lower deck (up to 10 container positions). With a generous payload-range capability that can carry up to 27.9 metric tons over 2,300 nautical miles, the A321P2F is the ideal narrowbody freighter aircraft for express domestic and regional operations.