keesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4617 times:
AerCap Holdings today announced that it has placed the first converted Airbus A320s freighters from its fleet on lease with European cargo operator West Atlantic. ... West Atlantic will become launch operator for the A320 P2Fs by taking an initial three aircraft on lease from AerCap with deliveries between 2012 and mid-2013, with the option of a further four aircraft by 2015.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3172 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
An A320 cargo outfit is gonna do much better than a 737 frieghter for the simple
reason the lower deck is already cargo container hold ready, and the upper deck is wider, and
does not taper forward in the main cabin towards the front (read more consistant usable space volume
wise) as the 737 does.
As for the 757, that one is interesting. 757s are going to probably be cheaper to buy (though they are in
demand because of their range) and 757s are going to offer much higher takeoff weights, something
that will definately appeal to certain cargo markets. But if Aircraft Utilisation is low, as is often the case
with frieght aircraft (lets say it only flys about 4 hrs a day... say 2 x 2 hr segments at night, or 4 x 1 hr segments
to link up a frieght up) then will the fuel savings make it worthwhile?
Of course one would expect being newer the A321 to have a longer service life so that may help offset the investment
required to convert the aircraft.
tom355uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 336 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 2898 times:
Looking at the Flightglobal article, these P2F conversions look as though they will be excellent value for money. $9-11mil per unit including conversion cost will probably be very attractive to the likes of TNT and Air Contractors, especially as they have greater capacity than their current 737's.
I wonder how much lower the operating weight will be compared to the pax version?