April 29, 2021 Beaverton, Oregon. 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture between Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Precision Aircraft Solutions, announced today the award of FAA Supplemental Type Certificate Number ST02716SE to the group’s new A321-200PCF freighter.
Precision Aircraft Solutions President Gary Warner said, “This major accomplishment, achieved during an unprecedented Global pandemic, bears witness to the dedication of all involved; our team of hard working professionals, our customer Vallair Solutions, our ATSG partner, and all of our vendors. The first aircraft will shortly go into operations with Smartlynx Airlines Malta, and we look forward to supporting their endeavors. With this done, I am pleased to say that we are now commencing the necessary ramp-up of operations to support the high demand for this product.”
He added, “The A321-200PCF features the lowest operating empty weight, more standard range and payload, better crew amenities, the most reliable and proven cargo door design, and the most versatile cargo handling system available for the A321 platform.”
ATSG President and CEO Rich Corrado said, “Our goal was to rejuvenate the world’s cargo aircraft fleet with next generation efficient and economical fly-by-wire aircraft; to produce an A321 freighter designed to be the best choice for the mission. We have done that. ATSG will also be providing direct conversion services for 321 Precision through our Pemco Conversions MRO in Tampa, FL with its first aircraft inducting in July.”
He added, “With huge backlogs of newly manufactured NEO aircraft poised to enter Global passenger service and a thousand Max jets entering service, the feed stock to support modern and efficient freighter conversions is now available to meet the needs of a burgeoning air freight market.”
Precision Aircraft Solutions is a major aircraft modification, product manufacturing and services company that has earned its stripes converting the B757 from passenger service into an 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.