EFW, Haite sign deal for A321P2F conversions
Haite will start with one conversion line and induct first A321 aircraft for conversion in Q32023
Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), the centre of excellence for Airbus freighter conversions and aircraft maintenance, and Sichuan Haite Hi-Tech (Haite), a publicly listed MRO solutions provider for aircraft in China, signed a letter of intent (LoI) for a collaboration on Airbus passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions.
"Under the partnership, Haite will carry out P2F conversions for EFW’s A321P2F programme at Haite’s facility in Tianjin, China," says a release from EFW. "As the first third-party conversion house for EFW’s A321P2F programme, Haite will start with one conversion line and induct the first A321 aircraft for conversion in Q32023. This will bring the global conversion sites EFW has for its A321P2F programme to a total number of four, namely in San Antonio, U.S.; Singapore; and Guangzhou and Tianjin, China."
Jordi Boto, CEO, EFW says: “We are pleased to gain a renowned partner in China through our latest collaboration with Haite, which is well experienced in freighter conversions. This new partnership will greatly support our strategy to expand the global network for our narrowbody P2F programme. It will also further strengthen our presence in China, which is one of the largest and fastest growing aviation markets in the world."
Wan Tao, Chairman, Haite adds: “We are much honoured to have EFW’s confidence in Haite through our collaboration as EFW’s first third-party conversion site for the A321P2F programme. This is an exciting milestone for us to work on the preferred conversion solution, and I look forward to strengthening our mutually beneficial partnership in the long run.”
EFW’s family of Airbus P2F programmes – A320P2F, A321P2F and A330P2F – are developed in collaboration with ST Engineering and Airbus, with EFW holding the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and leading in the overall programmes as well as marketing and sales efforts, the release added.