Vallair, a specialist in aerospace systems and launch vehicles for the freighter Airbus A321, announced that day (20) that it had signed a letter of intent with the American company Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) for the lease of ten converted A321 aircraft signed. in the most important business in the history of the A321F to date.
The first A321 will be delivered to the start-up GlobalX in the third quarter of 2021. The company expects all ten aircraft to be delivered and operational in the second quarter of 2023.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased market demand for air cargo as operators struggle to meet the increasing demands of e-commerce. The A321F is an ideal candidate to meet this need due to the availability of raw materials. With around 1,100 aircraft produced and modern technologies on board, it will be an environmentally friendly freighter variant with low fuel consumption. On average, Vallair expects operators to reduce fuel consumption by 20%.
Vallair signed its first LoI for the A321F with Qantas Freight in August 2019 and witnessed the maiden flight of its A321F prototype in February 2020. The partnership with GlobalX has the potential to take Vallair’s cargo conversion business to the next level.
“This is a unique business from Vallair and we are delighted to be working with GlobalX,” said Alistair Dibisceglia, Vallair Director of Leasing. “The A321F is proving to be the ideal aircraft for freight companies around the world. The lower cargo area of the A321F not only offers a larger volume capacity, but also ten containers in addition to the fourteen cargo positions on the upper deck. This ability to offer cargo in containers is a real selling point for the A321F as it increases efficiency, reduces lead times, and makes weight and balance calculations easier. “
GlobalX’s goal is to provide double the capacity and optionality. In addition to increasing cargo capacity, the Miami-based airline will be one of the few in the US to offer ACMI to passenger aircraft and intends to expand this to include its cargo offering.