Express service provider DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta have signed a new partnership agreement for the introduction of two newly converted Airbus A321-200 freighters to DHL’s European air fleet.
According to DHL, the narrow-body fleet type will add capacity to meet the increasing demand for express cargo transportation worldwide, in addition to further improving its unit CO2 emissions.
“We at DHL pride ourselves as the global industry pioneer when it comes to introducing new generation conversion freighter types to the market” said Geoff Kehr, SVP, global air fleet management, at DHL Express. “Continually modernizing our fleet with the most efficient and reliable cargo aircraft produced is vital to our success. Having led the world with the A330-300P2F development and successful implementation, it is only natural we would follow on by adding the smaller A321 family aircraft to our global freighter fleet”.
SmartLynx is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, one of the largest aerospace business groups from Central and Eastern Europe. The agreement marks the entry of the SmartLynx’s Malta subsidiary into the freighter market. Smartlynx Malta is planning to add two additional A321Fs during 2021 and up to four units during 2022.
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