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  • Joe Breitfeller

First CFM Powered Airbus A321P2F Delivered to Titan Airways

CFM has reported that UK charter airline Titan Airways has taken delivery of their first of three Airbus A321P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter) converted aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines.

Titan Airways Airbus A321P2F - Courtesy Titan Airways

On Thursday (March 11, 2021), CFM announced that UK-based Charter airline Titan Airways has taken delivery of their first of three Airbus A321P2F (Passenger-to-Freight) aircraft on order powered by CFM56-5B engines. Titan is one of the first carriers in the world to operate the aircraft since production started in 2020. The aircraft is leased to Titan by BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) which supervised the conversion which was carried out in Singapore in concert with Airbus affiliated partners. In 2020, the airline also took delivery of their first Airbus A321neo powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines.

The Airbus A321P2F conversion program was launched in 2015 by ST Engineering and Airbus via a joint-venture Elbe Flugzeugwerke (FEFW). The modification involves the integration of a large main deck cargo door in the forward fuselage, plugging the passenger windows and deactivating most of the passenger doors.

In Thursday’s announcement, Titan Airways Managing Director, Alistair Willson, said,

“We’ve been exploring aircraft options that not only offer more containerized volume, but also significantly better fuel-burn to align with our sustainability vision. The CFM powered A321P2F aircraft achieves a 20% less fuel-burn per-hour compared to similar sized-aircraft it replaces in our fleet. The engine’s excellent efficiency and reliability also enables us to do more for our customers at this crucial time.”

Titan Airways is a UK-based independent charter carrier led by a team of experts with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. The airline has been flying passengers and cargo for over 30 years and is one of Europe’s leading ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) lease and charter airlines. Titan is the only global cargo airline operating the CFM-powered A321P2F.

Titan Airways Airbus A321P2F - Infographic Courtesy Titan Airways

BBAM is the largest manager of investments in leased commercial jet aircraft in the world. The company serves more than 200 airline customers in over 50 countries with fleet and financing solutions. For over 30 years, BAMM has focused exclusively on generating returns for third-party investors and currently has over $28 billion of assets under management. Headquartered in San Francisco, BAMM employs more than 150 professionals and maintains offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Zurich, Dublin and Santiago.

Source(s): CFM, Titan Airways

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