Lessor PacAvi has joined forces with MRO and aircraft conversion company AeroTurbine to launch a programme of A320 and A321 passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversions.
AdviseAer, the aircraft management arm of AeroTurbine, is to source aircraft for conversion and the process will take place at AeroTurbine’s facility in Goodyear, Arizona.
The site already provides MRO services for A320 aircraft and PTF conversions for other passenger jets.
The two firms aim to begin delivering the converted freighters in 2017 if not before. According to PacAvi’s CEO, Stephan Hollmann, since Airbus cancelled its A320 freighter conversion programme in 2011 demand for the aircraft has grown. Garry Failler, COO of AeroTurbine, added that the moving into this market was “an excellent growth opportunity”.