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Airbus Freighter Conversion GmbH*, EFW, ST Aerospace and UAC (*) lead contractor
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Description: The Airbus A320 is a single-aisle, twin-engine, narrow-body, short- to medium-range aircraft family with a seating capacity for 100-220 passengers. The aircraft family includes the Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 featuring high degree of commonality of all models and low operating costs. Wider seats and aisle are meant to provide higher comfort to A320 passengers.
The fuselage body layout of the A320 family of aircraft allows a greater cargo capacity with A319, A320 and A321 fitted out with a containerized automatic cargo loading system to ease cargo handling operations. The cargo handling system of A320 aircraft is fully compatible with the worldwide standard widebody system installed in larger aircraft. Moreover, the A320 family offers low fuel burn and noise emissions characteristics.
The A320 family of aircraft was launched in 1984 and the first A320 jetliner entered service in 1988. It can be powered by either CFM International CFM56-5A (A319 and A320), -5B (A318, A319, A320 and A321) or IAE V2500 engines. In addition, The Pratt & Whitney PW6000 turbofan will power the Airbus A318 jetliner from 2005.
The Airbus A321P2F (Passenger into Freighter) is a modified A321 passenger aircraft converted into freighter. Airbus Freighter Conversion GmbH (AFC) is the lead contract for the conversion program with Russian UAC carrying out the conversion work at Irkut Corporation facilities in Zhukovskij, Russia. The P2F program was launched in July 2008 with an estimated 400 single aisle A320 family aircraft expected to undergo air cargo conversion between 2012 and 2026. On July 16, 2008, AerCap leasing company became the launch customer with 30 of its existing A320/A321 passenger aircraft to be delivered back as cargo aircraft beginning in 2011. In June 2015 EFW and ST Aerospace signed an agreement on the P2F program.
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