ST Engineering’s joint venture with Airbus, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), has received Supplement Type Certification (STC) from the European Union Aviation Safety Association (EASA) for its A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion. The STC comes one month after the prototype unit, to be delivered to launch customer Vallair, made its maiden flight test on 22 January.
Mr Lim Serh Ghee, President of ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector, said, “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.”
Andreas Hermann, Airbus’ Vice President, Asset Management, and Member of the EFW Shareholders’ Committee, commented, “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.”
“EFW is the centre of excellence for Airbus freighter conversions, with more than 20 years of experience and over 200 widebody converted freighters delivered to over 40 customers worldwide,” said Dr Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW.
“We are glad to now add an additional member to our Airbus freighter family with the A321P2F, which complements our A330P2F as another best-in-class volumetric freighter. The A321P2F offers other unique advantages such as having the lowest operational cost and fully containerised upper and lower deck, making it an ideal replacement for the ageing Boeing 757 converted freighter.”