The new freighter consists of A330-200/A330-300P2F widebody and A320/A321P2F narrowbody
Pradhaan Air Express- an all-cargo airline is going to be the launch customer of Airbus A320 P2F in India. ST Engineering, Airbus and their joint venture, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) have redelivered the ‘head of version’ Airbus A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) aircraft, marking the birth of the world’s first A320 converted freighter.
As the latest member from the Airbus P2F family to take to the sky, the ‘head of version’ A320P2F aircraft will enter into service very soon. It joins the other already operational Airbus P2F platforms, the A330-300P2F, A330-200P2F and A321P2F, which were first redelivered in 2017, 2018 and 2020 respectively.
“A second aircraft will be inducted by the year-end with plans for further fleet expansion.”
— Nipun Anand, CEO & Founder, Pradhaan Air Express
The A320P2F is the second variant in the Airbus narrowbody P2F solutions. The A320P2F is able to accommodate 10 container and 1 pallet positions in the main deck, and seven container positions in the lower deck. Given its gross payload of up to 21 tonnes at a maximum range of 1,850nm and total usable containerised volume of 159m3 (approx. 5,600ft3), the freighter aircraft has 85% stowage efficiency. This makes the A320P2F an ideal freighter platform to serve the fast-growing ecommerce market globally.
“We thank our lessor for having confidence in us to offer the world’s first A320 converted freighter for the Indian market. This will secure dedicated cargo capacity boosting the trade’s self-reliance. Getting the World`s first A320 converted freighter to India is like a dream come true. A second aircraft will be inducted by the year-end with plans for further fleet expansion,” said Nipun Anand, CEO & Founder, Pradhaan Air Express.
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