Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), Centre of Excellence for Airbus freighter conversions and joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, today announced new orders for six A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) orders by SmartLynx Airlines (SmartLynx), an European ACMI charter and cargo operator.
This latest order will greatly boost the narrowbody freighter aircraft fleet of Smartlynx, which is currently operating an A321P2F aircraft converted by EFW.
The conversions are scheduled in 2022 and 2023, and will be performed at ST Engineering’s conversion sites in Singapore and China.
SmartLynx will operate all six A321P2F aircraft for DHL in Europe.
“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,” said Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW.
“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.”
“We are delighted to work with EWF 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,” said Zygimantas Surintas, the CEO of Smartlynx Airlines.
“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.”