EFW Secures New A321P2F Orders from SmartLynx
Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), Centre of Excellence for Airbus freighter conversions and joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, today announced new orders for six A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) orders by SmartLynx Airlines (SmartLynx), an European ACMI charter and cargo operator. This latest order will greatly boost the narrowbody freighter aircraft fleet of Smartlynx, which is currently operating an A321P2F aircraft converted by EFW. The conversions are scheduled in 2022 and 2023, and will be performed at ST Engineering’s conversion sites in Singapore and China. SmartLynx will operate all six A321P2F aircraft in Europe.
“These new orders, which came after SmartLynx leased and operated its first A321P2F freighter converted by EFW, is a stamp of approval for our conversion solutions,” said Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW. “We are confident that our P2F programmes will create great value for customers such as SmartLynx, as they plan on growing their fleet with reliable and high-performance freighter aircraft.”
“We are delighted to work with EWF towards our goal of becoming the largest operator of A321 cargo freighters, as we are convinced that this type of aircraft will become the top choice for customers globally,” said Zygimantas Surintas, the CEO of Smartlynx Airlines. “There are many advantages to the Airbus A321 aircraft, especially in the freighter field as it is the most fuel-efficient narrowbody cargo aircraft available and we have made a conscious decision to follow the market’s demands for more sustainable air transportation. This choice of aircraft underlines SmartLynx’s commitment to the future, focused on cleaner, environmentally conscious, and sustainable air freight transport.”
The Airbus A320/A321P2F is a technological breakthrough given that it is the first in its size category to offer containerized loading in both the main deck (up to 14 full container positions) and lower deck (up to 10 container positions). EFW’s A320/A321P2F solution, which comes with optimised weight distribution to enable random loading even on empty flights, as well as a payload-range capability of more than 28 metric tons, accords high flexibility for operators, in particular express carriers. Being the only OEM solution for the Airbus A320/A321P2F conversion in the market also ensures that EFW’s programme has greater lifecycle value and superiority in quality, reliability and ease of maintenance.
The A321P2F programme, similar to the A330P2F programme, is a collaboration between ST Engineering, Airbus and EFW, which is leading the overall programme. To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW set up a new conversion site in China and the U.S. for the A321P2F in 2021, and will set up new sites for the A330P2F in China and the U.S. this year. The expansion will ramp up total conversion capacity for all their Airbus P2F programmes to about 60 slots per year by 2024.
ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group with a diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments. The Group harnesses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems, enabling a more secure and sustainable world. Headquartered in Singapore, it has operations spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries.
ST Engineering reported revenue of $7.2b in FY2020 and ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, iEdge SG ESG Transparency Index and iEdge SG ESG Leaders Index.
Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus combines various aviation and technology activities under a single roof: development and manufacturing of fibre-reinforced composite components for aircraft structures and interiors of the entire Airbus family, the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration, maintenance and repair of Airbus aircraft as well as engineering services in the context of certification and approval. The company has a workforce of about 1,900 employees, achieved revenues of approximately €250 million in 2020 and is on a sustainable course of growth. For more information about EFW, please visit www.efw.aero.