AeroUnion and Avianca Cargo start building A330-300P2F capacity

AeroUnion A330-300F. Photo: Avianca Cargo

AeroUnion has added an Airbus A330-300 passenger to freighter (P2F) aircraft to its fleet which will also benefit Avianca Cargo as part of an ongoing commercial cooperation agreement.

Based at Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) in Mexico, the aircraft will cover routes in Colombia, México and the US, where it will call at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Miami International Airport (MIA), Avianca Cargo told Air Cargo News.

The aircraft will specialise in carrying perishable products such as fruits and flowers. It will also transport oversized cargo for the automotive, mining, and oil sectors, along with e-commerce and parcel shipments.

As part of the Commercial Cooperation Agreement, Avianca Cargo and AeroUnion have complementary route networks and access to each other’s operational capacity in strategic markets for both operators, explained Avianca Cargo.

AeroUnion currently has a fleet of five aircraft, including two Boeing 767-200Fs. The 17-year-old EFW-converted A330-300P2F (N337QT) will increase the airline’s cargo capacity, with three additional A330P2Fs expected to join between 2024 and 2025. Meanwhile, Avianca Cargo currently operates a fleet of six A330 aircraft.

“We are happy to receive the new A330 P2F, an aircraft that comes to reinforce our service and reliability offer, increasing our volumetric capacity and improving our connectivity to the west coast markets in our region,” said Danilo Correa, Aerounion’s chief executive.

“Freight transportation has shown significant improvement in recent years compared to pre-pandemic levels. Latin American exports have increased by approximately 16%, while imports have seen a 10% recovery,” commented Diogo Elias, senior vice president and leader of Avianca Cargo.

“The A330 is an ideal aircraft due to its higher volumetric capacity and lower environmental impact, attributed to enhanced fuel efficiency per ton.”

“Avianca Cargo has a long history of initiating innovative air cargo solutions and the one-year anniversary of its commercial agreement with AeroUnion is a testament to this legacy, as well as its commitment to creating economic opportunities here in Los Angeles,” said Doug Webster, interim chief operations and maintenance officer, Los Angeles World Airports.

“LAWA is also pleased to welcome the new A330P2F aircraft to LAX. This addition will continue to enhance air freight services by meeting market demands and the evolving needs of the logistics community.” 

Avianca Cargo’s route network connects more than 68 destinations with 220 weekly cargo flights. The airline also utilises over 1,800 passenger flights for cargo transport. 

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]