Beaverton, OR., October 16th, 2023 – 321 Precision Conversions is pleased to announce the Civil Aviation Administration of China validated the A321-200PCF freighter conversion STC ST02716SE as VSTC1084. This certification further validates the Precision design and enables the most fuel efficient A321-200 freighter conversion to operate in China. The first aircraft MSN 1926 was inducted by SAID. The modification and maintenance activities were accomplished by SMECO. This Aircraft is expected to be redelivered to Sichuan Airlines in November. Sichuan Airlines will be the first A321 freighter operator in China and will utilize the 321 Precision Conversions modification.
Zach Young, Director of Sales and Marketing at 321 Precision Conversions, shares his enthusiasm about this milestone: “We are excited to celebrate this milestone in the worldwide certification process as the first A321 conversion STC to obtain CAAC approval. The CAAC has determined that our A321 cargo conversion has met stringent safety and technical certification standards.”
The fully supported A321-200PCF exceeds expectations by providing (14) A-Code 88 x 125-inch main deck positions and (10) ULD positions in the lower hold when equipped. Capability is increased by optimizing the operating empty weight (OEW) rather than imposing costly weight upgrades. No permanent ballast installation in the aft main deck yields a lower fuel burn, lower carbon footprint, friendly CG, and higher standard payload. The 321 Precision Conversions STC is applicable to both V2500 and CFM engine variants and multiple thrust ratings.
321 Precision Conversions is 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 A321.
Sichuan Aviation Industry Development Co., Ltd. (SAID) is a joint venture between Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd., Sichuan Development Aviation Industry Investment Group Co., Ltd and Sichuan Airlines Logistics Co., Ltd. to provide A321 passenger to freighter conversions services and other aircraft maintenance services. SAID inducts MSN 1926 as the first article B-Registered CAAC aircraft and introduces it into domestic Chinese freighter operation.
Sichuan Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co., Ltd. (SMECO) established a professional maintenance system led by Airbus A320 series aircraft and obtained the maintenance qualification licenses from CAAC, FAA, EASA, JMM, etc. The company’s main operation base is located in Chengdu ShuangLiu International Airport (CTU) and the sub base is located in Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (TFU), China.