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Topic: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: Zeke
Posted 2007-11-21 11:18:16 and read 4649 times.

from http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...a320-p2f-conversion-programme.html

"Airbus expects to finalise the first firm contract for its A320 passenger to freighter (P2F) modification in December, ahead of a formal programme launch in January."

Data from Airbus :

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/thezeke/A320/2b791026.png
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/thezeke/A320/7910ccbe.png

Topic: RE: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: FLALEFTY
Posted 2007-11-21 14:18:25 and read 4394 times.

I'm wondering which airline will be the launch customer? DHL would be my guess to replace their mixed fleet of DC-9s, 727s and older 757s.

Topic: RE: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: Lumberton
Posted 2007-11-21 14:37:05 and read 4338 times.

I admit that when I think of freighters, I'm thinking wide-bodies. This project looks like a sure winner to me. Are there any estimates of the total market?

Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 1):
DHL would be my guess to replace their mixed fleet of DC-9s, 727s and older 757s.

Aren't the 727s and 757s considerably large than the A321?

Edit: found the link to answer my question!

Quote:
“With a prospering airfreight market worldwide we experience a high demand for the conversion of passenger aircraft into cargo versions. We anticipate about 400 Airbus Single Aisle aircraft to be converted from 2010 to 2025”, said Dr. Andreas Sperl President and CEO of EADS EFW.

http://www.eads.net/1024/en/pressdb/...0822_eads_efw_maks_freighters.html

[Edited 2007-11-21 14:38:32]

Topic: RE: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: HAWK21M
Posted 2007-11-22 07:40:47 and read 3939 times.

Interesting to note how it compares with the B752SF & B752PCF.
regds
MEL

Topic: RE: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: Sh0rtybr0wn
Posted 2007-11-22 08:34:08 and read 3878 times.

This may be a dumb question, but what are the best areas of the world for, and routes for A320 range air freight operations? And also , would those routes be more economically served by bigger freighters? Just asking.

Topic: RE: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: Seabosdca
Posted 2007-11-22 08:53:47 and read 3837 times.

Interesting. The A320 conversions make a lot of sense. I'm a bit curious about the A321 conversions, though. The A321 was optimized for high passenger capacity and its payload/volume ratio is not that high. It seems at first glance like an A321F would work only for package carriers. Perhaps that is the intended market...

I notice the data charts don't say anything about payload! (Or OEW, with which we could calculate payload by subtracting OEW from MZFW.) Zeke, do you have payload numbers for these two frames?

Topic: RE: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: KC135TopBoom
Posted 2007-11-22 08:58:05 and read 3818 times.



Quoting Sh0rtybr0wn (Reply 4):
but what are the best areas of the world for, and routes for A320 range air freight operations? And also , would those routes be more economically served by bigger freighters?

I think the 23t A-320CF and 28t A-321CF would work very well in the 800nm-1200nm range missions, which fits into the US market for most over night FedEx and UPS destinations. That frees up the B-757F/PF for missions beyond 1500nm.

The only competitors I see to the A-320F/A-321F program is the B-737-300F/-400F conversions.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Interesting to note how it compares with the B752SF & B752PCF.

The B-757F carries more weight, and cubes, and has more range. It will be used on different missions, and is not a direct competitor to the A-321F.

Topic: RE: Airbus Poised To Launch A320 P2F Conversion
Username: FCKC
Posted 2007-11-22 10:01:35 and read 3754 times.

Some months ago i opened a thread about A320F.

At that time Air&Cosmos wrote Airbus HAS ALREADY the first customer for the A320F.It is a LARGE order , but Airbus didn't reveal the name.So this name will probably known in December.

Referring to Air&Cosmos , quite many airlines are lined up to get A320Fs.


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