Lumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5222 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: â€œWith 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 2025â€, said Dr. Andreas Sperl President and CEO of EADS EFW.
Sh0rtybr0wn From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 528 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4762 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.
Seabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 6716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4721 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?
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12293 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4702 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.