China’s SAID to order A321 freighter conversions

An Airbus A321 destined for a freighter conversion (P2F) for SAID.
Photo Credit: Precision Conversions

The Sichuan Aviation Industry Development Co. Ltd., (SAID) which is partly funded by China’s Sichuan Airlines, has committed to a number of A321 freighter conversions with 321 Precision Conversions.

Precision Conversions has announced that SAID has committed to a number of A321-200PCF conversions. The conversion and heavy maintenance activities is to be accomplished by SMECO, located in Chengdu, in the People’s Republic of China.

The first aircraft, MSN 1926 will be inducted into conversion this month, March 2023, with others to follow later in 2023 and in early 2024. 

“This is a major milestone in our program as we induct the first article B-Registered CAAC aircraft and introduce the A321-200PCF into domestic Chinese freighter operations.”

“The Precision product has earned a strong reputation and trust within China over the past 16 years. We are excited to continue this legacy with supporting SAID as our first Chinese A321-200PCF customer and operator,” says Gary Warner, president, 321 Precision Conversions.

Chen Bo, president of SAID, said “We are confident the A321-200PCF is the perfect platform for future express/integrator cargo as well as general cargo.”

“The low operating empty weight, reliability, and quality of Precision converted products is second to none. With our strong shareholder background and rich resource sharing advantages, SAID has the ability to create value for our customers throughout the A/C lifecycle.”

“China’s air cargo market has huge growth potential, we look forward to witnessing the bright future for narrow-body freighter in China together with 321 Precision Conversions.”

Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversions

Passenger to freighter (P2F) conversions refer to the process of modifying a commercial passenger aircraft into a freighter configuration.

During the conversion process, seats, overhead bins, and other cabin furnishings are removed to make way for a large cargo door and reinforced flooring. This allows the aircraft to carry a much larger payload of freight instead of passengers.

P2F conversions are becoming increasingly popular due to the high demand for cargo transportation. They are also more cost-effective than purchasing new freighter aircraft, as they make use of existing aircraft and their airframes.

The conversion process can take several months to complete and requires specialized engineering and manufacturing expertise.

Companies that specialize in P2F conversions typically work with airlines, leasing companies, and cargo operators to convert various types of aircraft, including Boeing 737s, Airbus A320s, and others.

Overall, P2F conversions offer an attractive option for airlines and cargo operators looking to expand their freight capacity and increase revenue.

About 321 Precision Conversions 

321 Precision Conversions operates as a joint venture between Aircraft Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Precision Aircraft Solutions (PAS) to deliver the A321-200PCF freighter conversion across the globe.

Precision Aircraft Solutions set the global standard for B757 conversions and continues its legacy of industry-leading passenger-to-freighter cargo conversions with the lowest carbon footprint A321 conversion, the A321-200PCF.

About SAID

SAID is short for Sichuan Aviation Industry Development Co. Ltd.

Sichuan Aviation Industry Development Co. Ltd. SAID is jointly funded by Sichuan Airlines, Sichuan Development Aviation Industry Investment Group and Sichuan Airlines Logistics.

As a comprehensive, full-process aviation service and Aviation Mid/End-of-Life Asset management company, SAID specializes in providing A321 passenger to freighter conversion services, aircraft leasing and other aviation financial solutions, etc. in mainland China.

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