Air International 2020-11
I.Harbison - Conversion kicks
Many analysts believe widebody P2F aircraft will become a more common sight in the coming decade
The upper frame shell of an Airbus A330-200P2F
Passenger-to-freighter (P2F) options have become more affordable since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis EFW
The world's first Airbus A321P2F (passenger-to-freighter) jet is due to join Qantas Freight imminently. The pioneering 1998-built airframe, VH-ULD (c/n 835) - originally delivered to British Midland - will fly on behalf of Australia Post. According to Qantas Freight, the A321P2F is mooted to add ten tons of capacity, an increase of more than 50% over its Classic 737 freighters
The first Airbus A321P2F landing following its maiden flight
Manufacturers, such as Boeing, continue to develop new-build cargo jets for customers around the world. This example, VQ-BLR (c/n 37668), was the second 747-8F to be delivered to AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
Outsize load carrying capacity is one advantage of the 747-8F, according to Cargolux.
The nose cargo door is one of the 747 Freighter's distinguishing features.
While belly hold cargo continues to have an important role in global air freight, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the benefits of bespoke cargo operations.
A Boeing 737-800SF undergoing modification at Commercial Jet's Miami facility
The US-built narrowbody continues to be a hugely popular model for passenger operations
Israel Aerospace Industries' 737-800BDSF is the third conversion option to become available for the 737-800.
Among the most visible modifications made to P2F airframes is the removal of most of the windows in the former passenger cabin