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September 2017

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PRECISION/CAM TEAM FOR A321 PTF bookmark

Precision Aircraft Solutions (PAS) and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), through its subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management, have announced the formation of 321 Precision Conversions, a joint-venture company, to develop a passenger-to-freighter conversion of Airbus A321-200 aircraft. PAS began feasibility analysis for A321-200 conversions in late 2011. Full-scale engineering for STC development began in 3Q16 and STC approval is expected in 2019.

 

The 321 Precision Conversions’ A321-200 freighter will deliver cubic space similar to Boeing 757 freighters as well as low operating costs comparable to smaller Boeing 737 freighters, making it an attractive platform for air express network operators.

 

PAS and ATSG have a long-term relationship. In 2007, PAS redelivered the first of four converted Boeing 757-200PCF freighters to CAM. In 2011, PAS developed, certified and produced a Boeing 757-200PCC combined passenger/freighter (combi) variant for CAM. All of those CAM-owned 757-200 aircraft are operated by CAM’s sister company Air Transport International.

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BAE SYSTEMS DEFERS RJ FREIGHTER bookmark

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has decided to postpone the Avro RJ100 Freighter conversion programme, which was announced last year (see MRO Management, September 2016). This has been suspended for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the decision by ASL Airlines Ireland to sell the eight BAe 146-300QT freighters that are currently operated by ASL Airlines Spain.

 

This has had a significant impact on the market for the Avro RJ100 Freighter launch. The company has however completed a lot of work on the concept which should put it in good stead should the programme be revived. There was some serious market interest; however it was unable to attract sufficient commitment to justify setting up a conversion production line which could generate the economies of scale required.

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