GlobalX close to receiving first A321 freighter conversion
19 / 12 / 2022
Source: ST Engineering
Global Crossing Airlines’ (GlobalX) first Airbus A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion has been completed.
The aircraft has been converted by ST Engineering and is due to be delivered to Miami International Airport (MIA) this month.
In May 2021, GlobalX signed a letter of intent (LOI) to lease five A321P2F aircraft with ST Engineering’s Aviation Asset Management unit. These aircraft are being converted and leased to GlobalX progressively.
In a press release on December 13, GlobalX said its first A321 cargo aircraft (N410 GX) “will fly to the paint facility this week and is scheduled to arrive in Miami on December 20”.
A second A321 cargo conversion has also been completed and the aircraft (N411 GX) “is undergoing some additional FAA modifications,” said GlobalX. “It will join the fleet once the aircraft is compliant.”
“We look forward to adding our first A321 freighter aircraft just before Christmas, followed soon by our second freighter…” said Ed Wegel, GlobalX chairman and chief executive.
GlobalX also said in a LinkedIn post on December 18: “Global Crossing Airlines first A321 freighter conversion is now completed- 4 hour test flight conducted yesterday, and now off to get painted in our “X Cargo” livery. Tremendous effort by ST Engineering Wei Boon Lim Boon Keng TAN and our maintenance team. MIA Arrival ceremony details coming soon for N410GX!”
In October, GlobalX signed a letter of intent to lease 10 converted Airbus A321 freighters from the asset management specialist Vallair.
The A321P2F has a capacity of 14 upper deck and 10 lower deck containers, which is 55% more containerised volume than the Boeing B737-800 freighter and 14% more containerised volume than the B757-200F, said GlobalX.
Additionally, it boasts an estimated 19% lower fuel burn than the B757-200F, added the company.