US company Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) is to lease ten converted A321 freighter aircraft from asset specialist Vallair.
Vallair has been engaged in cargo conversions since 2015 and this ground-breaking agreement will see the company take its pioneering A321 freighter programme to the next level.
The first GlobalX A321 will be delivered by the third quarter of 2021. GlobalX expects all ten (10) A321F aircraft to be delivered and in revenue operation by the second quarter of 2023.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a surge in market demand for air cargo as operators struggle to fulfill the ever-increasing requirements of e-commerce.
Alistair Dibisceglia, chief leasing officer at Vallair, commented: “This is a unique deal undertaken by Vallair, and we are excited to be entering into partnership with GlobalX.
“The A321F is proving to be the aircraft of choice for cargo operators world-wide. As well as offering a higher volumetric capacity, the lower cargo hold on the A321F allows for the transit of ten containers in addition to the fourteen cargo positions available on the upper cargo deck. This ability to offer containerised cargo is a real selling point for the A321F as it increases efficiency by reducing turn-around times and facilitates the weight and balance calculations.”