SmartLynx Airlines Malta received the first converted A321 for cargo service in a joint venture between Precision Aircraft Solutions and ASTG.
Beaverton, OR., June 10, 2021 — After receiving its FAA Supplemental Type Certificate Number ST02716SE in April 2021, 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture of ATSG and Precision Aircraft Solutions will deliver the first A321-200PCF to SmartLynx Airlines Malta.
The converted A321-200PCF stands to be the freighter of the future, as it offers the lowest operating empty weight, more standard range and payload, the most reliable and proven cargo door system, and better crew amenities.
The aircraft is owned by Vallair Solutions and has been under conversion and certification at Orlando Sanford since 2017. It operated its last flight on February 26, 2021 and will be flown to Leipzig to support the Express Division of Deutsche Post’s DHL group. The aircraft is the most fuel-efficient narrow-body aircraft in its class.
Precision says conversion of a second A321 will begin in June, followed by a third in July. ATSG subsidiary PEMCO a designated A321-200PCF conversion center, will perform the conversion labor and heavy maintenance of the second conversion. The third conversion will be inducted into Avocet MRO Services of Sanford, FL.
Precision Aircraft Solutions specializes in the development of aircraft cargo conversions and special mission modifications, component and mod kit manufacturing, STC & AMOC certification, and continued airworthiness support. Precision earned its stripes designing, engineering, and developing the popular 757-200PCF STC which was awarded in 2005. By the end of 2021, the program will reach 145 757-200PCF redeliveries, converting the B757 from passenger service into air cargo freighter for industry-leading companies around the world.
ATSG is a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world’s largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. Through its principal subsidiaries, including three airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, passenger ACMI and charter services, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services. ATSG’s subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc.; Airborne Global Solutions, Inc.; Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc., including its subsidiary, Pemco World Air Services, Inc.; Air Transport International, Inc.; Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.; and Omni Air International, LLC. For more information, please see www.atsginc.com.