Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has received the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its head-of-version A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) aircraft.
The unit is the first A320P2F aircraft to be developed in the world. Three months ago the aircraft conducted its maiden test flight in Singapore.
The aircraft is owned by the aviation leasing arm of ST Engineering, which is parent to EFW along with Airbus.
It will be the first of several converted freighter aircraft on lease to Vaayu Group, an aviation solutions and services group of companies.
“With this STC, we have added another first in the world to our family of Airbus P2F platforms,” said Andreas Sperl, chief executives of EFW. “The A320P2F is a great complement to our other conversion programmes. Airlines which employ different Airbus freighters to meet their various needs will get to enjoy improved operating economics due to the commonality across these platforms.
“Being a newer-generation freighter, it also offers greener fuel burn outcomes for its operators.”
The A320P2F has a payload of up to 21 tonnes at maximum range and is able to accommodate 10 container and one pallet positions in the main deck, and seven container positions in the lower deck.
To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW are setting up new conversion sites in China and the US this year, and are ramping up conversion capacity for all their Airbus P2F programmes to over 60 slots per year by 2024.