Sydney, Australia - Qantas subsidiary Qantas Freight will become the first cargo carrier to operate the Airbus's passenger to freighter converted A321P2F.
The Australian carrier will add three A321P2F jets to its cargo fleet by October 2020. The aircraft will allow the operator to carry an additional 9t payload compared its existing Boeing 737-300Fs.
Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said the acquisition of the higher-capacity freighter planes was needed due to the higher demand for one-day deliveries by Australia Post driven mainly by e-commerce.
“Consumer preferences and expectations are rapidly changing and together with Australia Post we’re responding by growing our dedicated freighter fleet to provide a better experience for consumers and businesses,” said Joyce.
Qantas Group has two more A321ceo in its fleet that are currently operated by the Group subsidiary Jetstar and they are likely to be converted from passenger-to-freighter as well.
The A321P2F program is being conducted by the German Aerospace company Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW).
EFW is a joint venture of Airbus (45%) and ST Engineering Aerospace (55%). The company focuses on the conversion of passenger planes to freighter and tanker aircraft. It also supplies the European aircraft manufacturer with fiber composite sheets used in aircraft interiors.