Freight DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta announce strategic partnership

DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta have announced a new partnership agreement to break new ground in cargo transportation.

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Express service provider DHL Express has announced, that it has partnered up with operator SmartLynx Malta to introduce a new aircraft type that will join DHL´s European air fleet. Two newly converted Airbus A321-200 freighter will be added to the fleet.

The reasoning behind the addition of the two new aircraft is to match the ever-rising cargo demand with additional capacity and that the A321 freighter aircraft will improve DHL´s Co2 emissions, as the A321F is one of the most fuel efficient narrow-body cargo aircraft in its class.

SmartLynx is a member of Avia Solutions Group and will support the Express Division of Deutsche Post DHL Group with the two new aircraft. The aerospace group to which SmartLynx belongs has extensive experience with A321 operations.

This new deal also marks the introduction into the freighter market for SmartLynx Malta. By investing into the new A321 freighter aircraft, SmartLynx also shows its commitment towards a cleaner and more sustainable air freight market.

Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Malta, commented: "We are pleased to share the news about the latest addition to our client portfolio. By supporting DHL with two freighter units, our partner is advancing their readiness to respond to a growing air cargo demand."

Both DHL Express and SmartLynx have not been working together beforehand, so this agreement builds a new connection between the respective teams.

"We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the DHL team for their belief that we are both willing and capable of providing the highest-class product in keeping with their expectations. This development is a substantial step forward in our strategic plans for the future. DHL is a leading air transport capacity, and having strong partnerships is a decisive factor to growing our business even further and in a cleaner, more sustainable manner," Surintas added.

During 2021, SmartLynx Malta is planning to take over two A321 freighters, while four units are expected to be delivered during next year. Within the next three years. The company seeks to become one of the largest narrow-body cargo freight carriers.

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