SmartLynx Airlines Malta, EU-based specialists in full-service ACMI aircraft leasing solutions, has announced an addition to its Airbus fleet.
In addition to the A320 and A321 that are currently operated, the company will add Airbus A330 aircraft type with a goal to become leaders of long-haul market. Five Airbus A330 aircraft will be modified to Zero LOPA by removing passenger seats and preparing aircraft for cargo flights. The planes are planned to be added to SmartLynx Airlines’ fleet during May and June.
According to IATA, in April 2021, air cargo demand reached an all-time high and was up 9% compared to pre-COVID levels (Feb 2019). The increased market demand for long-haul cargo operations prompted SmartLynx Airlines to grow their fleet and introduce the modified aircraft, able to transport cargo shipments, including vaccines and medical supplies, on long-haul flights.
“As one of the leading EU-based ACMI and charter operators on Airbus aircraft, we are excited to substantially grow our fleet and offer our clients different products while diving to long-haul operations,” said Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Airlines. “We are constantly expanding our service portfolio and areas of expertise to accommodate the rapidly changing market demand. It’s our strong belief that the pandemic and the current global crisis will create many opportunities for growth and development for our company and the whole industry. ”
The global aircraft leasing platform CDB Aviation will be leasing out several Airbus A330 aircraft to SmartLynx Airlines.
“We are pleased to partner with SmartLynx Airlines to support their expansion in the cargo market,” said CDB Aviation Chief Marketing Officer Peter Goodman. “We commend the SmartLynx Airlines team for recognising opportunities to expand their global footprint by incorporating the A330 aircraft into their fleet.”
The updated A330 aircraft will carry cargo for existing and future clients to and from Asia, USA and Europe, with a volume capacity of 260 m3 and a maximum cargo weight of 50,000 kg.
Earlier this year, SmartLynx Airlines made the necessary Zero LOPA modifications on two of the fleet’s A321 units to meet the growing demand for cargo transportation and became one of the first carriers to introduce A321F to operations.
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