LONDON – EFW has today announced an order from SmartLynx Airlines for six Airbus A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) aircraft at the Singapore Air Show.
Deliveries of the aircraft are to take place between this year and 2023, with SmartLynx to operate the aircraft on behalf of DHL in Europe.
Commenting on the news was Andreas Sperl, the CEO of EFW:
“These new orders, which came after SmartLynx leased and operated its first A321P2F freighter converted by EFW, is a stamp of approval for our conversion solutions”.
“We are confident that our P2F programs will create great value for customers such as SmartLynx, as they plan on growing their fleet with reliable and high-performance freighter aircraft.”
Also commenting on the news was Zygimantas Surintas, the CEO of SmartLynx Airlines:
“We are delighted to work with EFW towards our goal of becoming the largest operator of A321 cargo freighters, as we are convinced that this type of aircraft will become the top choice for customers globally”.
“There are many advantages to the Airbus A321 aircraft, especially in the freighter field as it is the most fuel-efficient narrowbody cargo aircraft available and we have made a conscious decision to follow the market’s demands for 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.”
With more orders coming in for EFW, including the A330P2F and A321P2F working alongside ST Engineering and Airbus, this means that it will be expanding its conversion sites globally.
The expansion will see a total conversion capacity of around 60 slots per year by 2024, hinting at continued growth going forward.