Sine Draco announces induction of prototype A321-200 SDF for passenger-to-freighter conversion Sine Draco Aviation Development (Sine Draco) has announced the induction of the prototype A321-200 airplane at Ascent Aviation Services in Tucson, Arizona, for conversion from passenger-to-cargo configuration. The airplane will be designated the A321-200 SDF with FAA Supplemental Type Certificate approval anticipated in the third quarter 2022.
The Sine Draco A321-200 SDF passenger-to-freighter conversion offers the optimal economic solution for the next-generation narrow-body freighter. The conversion includes the installation of a 142-inch-wide by 86-inch-high main deck cargo door, Class E main deck cargo compartment with 14 container positions, and Ancra International cargo handling system. The lower cargo compartments can also accommodate ten containers, with the A321 being the first airplane type in the narrow-body freighter class with this capability.
Ascent Aviation Services will be performing the conversion of the airplane by completing the touch labor, modification planning and inspection requirements. A partial heavy maintenance check was recently completed on the prototype airplane and will be completed during the modification. Ascent will also provide maintenance and flight line support during the ground and flight test program following conversion.