LONDON – CDB Aviation has announced an expansion of its partnership with Avianca for more aircraft to join the carrier over the next few years.
The new lease agreements are for two Airbus A330-300P2F aircraft and one A320neo aircraft.
Such an agreement brings the total count of CDB-owned aircraft to Avianca at eight. Avianca is expected to take delivery of an additional five A320neos between now and next year.
Commenting on the news was Luis da Silva, CDB Aviation’s Head of Commercial in the Americas:
“We are very pleased to broaden our collaboration with the Avianca team through the addition of these aircraft to support their passenger and cargo businesses”.
“Both the fuel-efficient neo and P2F freighters are high-in-demand aircraft, which will help advance the airline’s strategy of equipping its fleet with environmentally sustainable, new technology aircraft, as well as supporting the growth of its cargo operations to capitalize on the booming demand for air freight within Latin America.”
Francisco Raddatz, Avianca’s Vice President, Fleet, said: “We are happy to strengthen our partnership with CDB Aviation supporting our passenger and cargo fleet growth.”
Gabriel Oliva, CEO of Avianca Cargo, added: “We are pleased to announce the arrival of these aircraft to our cargo fleet.”
“With their incorporation, we will not only offer greater capacity, but also an increasingly robust and flexible route network focused on the needs of our customers and facilitating trade between Latin America and the entire world.”
“We reaffirm our commitment to continue boosting the economies of the region, serving as a strategic ally for our customers and the industries.”
“With an expected resurgence in demand across Latin American markets we believe the planned growth initiatives of Avianca Group are very exciting as airlines are gearing up for a recovery with more versatile fleets, which are aimed to maximize network flexibility and improve efficiency and sustainability,” underscored Peter Goodman, CDB Aviation Chief Marketing Officer.
“CDB Aviation’s commercial team continues to expand outreach across key markets, pursuing aircraft transactions through placements from our order book as well as identifying opportunities in the sale and leaseback channel.”
A330P2F Making The Rounds Again…
It is clear that the Airbus A330P2F program is making the rounds again. With two airframes joining Avianca, this highlights the popularity of the program so far.
Such generated sales momentum is going to put the likes of Airbus and EFW into good stead at the Farnborough Air Show in July.
For Avianca, this will be a good fit for the carrier, and will no doubt compliment the six A330-243Fs that are already in the fleet of the cargo wing.
Either way, it is going to be interesting when these aircraft join the fleet, especially with Avianca wanting to rise to the top once again following restructuring.