Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) and Sichuan Haite Hi-Tech (Haite) have signed of a Letter of Intent (LoI) for a collaboration on Airbus passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions.
Under the partnership, Haite will carry out P2F conversions for EFW’s A321P2F programme in Tianjin, China.
As the first third-party conversion house for EFW’s A321P2F programme, Haite will start with one conversion line and induct the first A321 aircraft for conversion in the third quarter of 2023. This will bring the global conversion sites EFW has for its A321P2F programme to a total number of four, namely in San Antonio, US; Singapore; and Guangzhou and Tianjin, China.
“We are pleased to gain a renowned partner in China through our latest collaboration with Haite, which is well experienced in freighter conversions,” said EFW’s CEO Jordi Boto. “This new partnership will greatly support our strategy to expand the global network for our narrowbody P2F programme. It will also further strengthen our presence in China, which is one of the largest and fastest growing aviation markets in the world.”
Haite Hi-Tech’s chairman Wan Tao commented: “We are much honoured to have EFW’s confidence in Haite through our collaboration as EFW’s first third-party conversion site for the A321P2F programme. This is an exciting milestone for us to work on the preferred conversion solution, and I look forward to strengthening our mutually beneficial partnership in the long run.”