April 22, 2016: PACAVI Group reported on the progress of the company’s first-to-market Airbus A320/A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion program, confirming first orders for the PACAVI Freighter LITE. The PACAVI Airbus A321 Freighter LITE will carry approximately 27 metric tonnes of cargo, flying routes of up to 3,500 nautical miles, depending on load weight.
Customers include São Paulo based business charter company, Colt Aviation/Colt Cargo, Norwegian company Airline Management AS, and two more companies that cannot be revealed yet. An additional launch order has been issued by an undisclosed leasing customer. Colt has ordered two converted A321 freighters with an option for an additional one; Airline Management AS will acquire six A320 freighters.
“It’s the kind of companies like Colt Cargo that our turnkey packages of airframe sourcing, purchase, customised conversion, and leasing or sale are tailored for. The small to medium sized operator market is huge, and we have just the right product for these customers,” says Stephan Hollman, chief executive.
Alex Eckmann, CEO of Colt Aviation, adds, “The PACAVI A321 freighters are the perfect addition to our fleet of Boeing 737-400 and 757-200 freighters; with the perfect range and payload, state of the art fly-by-wire technology and low operating costs. They will be excellent workhorses and contribute greatly to our innovative, high-performance logistics concept.”
The Freighter LITE conversion includes a new 140-inch main deck cargo door, a Class E cargo interior, a 9G barrier and a manual cargo loading system.
The PACAVI Group specialises in sales and leasing of aircraft, STC program management, aircraft conversion engineering and related activities.