FRANKFURT, GERMANYLufthansa Cargo and aircraft leasing company BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) announced an agreement for the lease of two Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) aircraft on long-term leases.

With the acquisitions of two A321 P2F, Lufthansa Cargo aims to offer fast intra-European connections to meet its customers' growing demand for same-day solutions. The A321 P2F can transport more than 28t of gross payload per flight, significantly larger cargo volumes than in the short-haul bellies of passenger aircraft.

Lufthansa CityLine on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo will operate the two aircraft, which will be stationed in Frankfurt.

“Partnering with BBAM on these converted freighters gives the former passenger aircraft a second life and enables us to offer our customers the much-needed additional capacity in Europe,” said Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.

“The A321P2F offers unique benefits, including increased cargo capacity, best-in-class economics, reduced weight, and a lower carbon footprint, providing us with a great deal of flexibility in managing freight,” Boxberg added.

“We are glad to provide Lufthansa Cargo with a new tool to help maximize its cargo operations,” said Steve Zissis, President and Chief Executive Officer of BBAM.

“We see new life for our A321s as converted freighters that are highly efficient and offer many benefits for cargo operations. BBAM has become a leader in the converted freighter market as we look to offer our airline clients and investors a new solution to maximize value,” Zissis continued.

The A321P2F (solution of EFW) provides a payload-range capability that can carry up to 28 metric tons. It offers 14 full container positions on the main deck, plus the unique A320 family container (up to 10 container positions) and pallet loading capability on the lower deck.

The A321P2F offers the largest usable cargo volume of its category and generation. Optimized weight distribution is allowing empty flights and random loading, providing the full range of flexibility which is a huge added value for express carriers.

A Holistic System Integration of freighter-related cockpit indications and warnings into the original Airbus software and hardware is ensuring an efficient and seamless aircraft operation.