Freight SmartLynx adds two additional Airbus A321 Freighters

ACMI carrier SmartLynx Airlines is continuing to expand its cargo fleet by adding two new Airbus A321Fs.

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European charter and cargo operator SmartLynx Airlines has announced, that it has plans to add two additional Airbus A321 converted freighters to its growing cargo fleet. With the introduction of the two aircraft, the overall fleet raises to eight aircraft by the end of 2022.

Both aircraft are leased to SmartLynx from Cross Ocean Partners and will wear the Maltese registrations 9H-CGC and 9H-CGD. The conversion is going to be performed by Precision Conversions in the United States. Deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter of next year.

SmartLynx’s CEO Zygimantas Surintas commented: ”The addition of two new A321Fs to the SmartLynx fleet is part of a broad expansion strategy designed to consolidate the company’s position at the forefront of cargo carriers and working in support of the demand for increased air cargo capacity.“

„The A321F is the most fuel-efficient narrow-body cargo aircraft available, and we have made a conscious decision to follow the market’s demands for a more sustainable air transportation. This choice of aircraft underlines SmartLynx’s commitment to the future, focused on cleaner, environmentally conscious and sustainable air freight transport. We are already witnessing a dramatically increased market interest for this aircraft type,“ Surintas added.

Brandt Wilson, partner and head of Cross Ocean Partners’ aviation investment strategies, commented: “We have been extremely excited to support SmartLynx as they continue to build their market-leading position in the A321F aircraft type […] We have been in a unique position to witness a remarkable turnaround engineered by SmartLynx team. Their early recognition of the critical role the A321F will play in cargo logistics speaks to company’s strategic vision and bold tactics. We see a bright future for SmartLynx.”

SmartLynx seeks to become the largest operator of the A321F cargo aircraft in the near term and this latest order underlines the ambition. Currently, the airline is successfully operating a first A321F with DHL Europe and a second aircraft is scheduled to enter service eminently.

Back in February this year, SmartLynx announced a strategic partnership with DHL Express to meet the ever-rising demand in air freight services. In the expansion plan, four aircraft will be added next year.

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