21 Air to offer capacity on A330 preighters

US-headquartered 21 Air has entered into an agreement with Aircraft Engine Lease Finance (AELF) and Maleth Aero to begin charter operations with two A330-200 preigther aircraft.

The ACMI, CMI and charter provider described the deal as a sub-service partnership agreement, explaining that it would act as the marketing representative for the aircraft.

21 Air said that the auxiliary freighters can carry around 50 tons of cargo, or 230 cu m, thanks to the removal of seats.

The upper deck will be able to carry e-commerce, mail bags, pharma, PPE, certain perishables and general cargo.

Meanwhile, the lower deck is equipped with eight and a half PMC pallet positions as per standard on an A330-200.

Roy Linkner, 21 Air’s chief commercial officer, said: “21 Air continues to expand its service capabilities to appeal to a wider group of shippers and freight forwarders.

“Adding these two Airbus A330-200 auxiliary freighters increases capacity and network reach, including ETOPS & worldwide operations, during a time when air cargo demand has shifted a larger share to all-cargo aircraft.”

The partnership is due to get underway later this month.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]