Swiftair acquires two Airbus A321P2F freighters from AerCap

A Swiftair Airbus A321P2F freighter in flight.
Image Credit: AerCap Holdings

AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) has signed lease agreements for two Airbus A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) aircraft with Spanish cargo operator, Swiftair.

The aircraft will undergo conversion by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (“EFW”) at ST Engineering Aerospace in Singapore and will be delivered to Swiftair in April and June 2024, respectively.

AerCap Cargo’s Head, Rich Greener, spoke about the recent lease agreements, highlighting the company’s commitment to providing Swiftair with best-in-class freighter solutions.

The Airbus A321P2F, recognized for its superior fuel-efficiency and flexibility, is set to support Swiftair in expanding its route network across Europe and Africa, catering to the demands of international logistics customers.

Economics and Flexibility with A321P2F


The decision to opt for the narrowbody Airbus A321P2F aircraft is rooted in its unparalleled economics.

These narrowbody freighters, undergoing conversion by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (“EFW”) at ST Engineering Aerospace in Singapore, promise not only reduced operational costs through fuel efficiency but also sufficient flexibility to adapt to evolving market demands.

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Scheduled for delivery in April and June 2024, these Airbus A321P2F aircraft mark a significant milestone in Swiftair’s fleet renewal program.

Salvador Moreno, CEO of Swiftair, emphasized the aircraft’s role in meeting carbon reduction targets and providing customers with access to the most effective and reliable products in their class available in the market today.

The move reflects Swiftair’s dedication to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the air cargo sector.

AerCap’s Forward-Thinking Approach


AerCap’s foresight is evident in its 2022 announcement of a firm order for 15 Airbus A321-200P2F aircraft conversions, with an option for an additional 15 conversions with EFW.

Whilst global air cargo demand remained soft thought the latter part of the current year, the strategic move positioned AerCap as a key player in supporting the recovering air cargo transportation market sector.

The commitment to integrating the latest technology into its fleet underscores AerCap’s role as a forward-thinking industry leader.

The Significance of Quiet and Economical Freighters


The emphasis on the Airbus A321P2F being among the most quiet and economical freighters in the world today is a testament to the aviation industry’s increasing focus on sustainability.

As noise pollution and environmental concerns gain prominence, these aircraft align with global initiatives for quieter and eco-friendly aviation solutions.

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