FlightService secures A330 and A340 freighter conversion kits
19 / 11 / 2021
AELF FlightService (FlightService) has purchased ten Medius passenger to freighter (PTF) conversion kits from aviation engineering group Avensis Aviation.
FlightService is a commercial aircraft leasing company and ACMI/Charter provider of passenger and freighter aircraft.
Operated by sister company, Malta-based Maleth Aero, FlightService will work with Avensis to convert its Airbus A330 and A340 fleet beginning early 2022. When the modifications are complete, FlightService will have 10 widebody aircraft operating in this configuration. The soon-to-be released Avensis Medius Class E Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will allow the modified passenger to freighter aircraft to fly beyond the current EASA exemption deadline of July 2022.
“This is an investment in the passenger to freighter space that puts us in a unique position in the marketplace,” said Joe Cirillo, chief operating officer at AELF FlightService.
“With the Avensis modification, the EASA exemption will be a non-issue for us and allow us to provide much of the same utility as a full freighter.
“We’ll have a continuous and reliable service that shippers and retailers can come back to time and again. It provides strong utility and peace-of-mind for our customers and partners for the long haul.”
Avensis’ solutions, including the Medius Class E Freighter modification that FlightService, are fully reversible.
Said Avensis chief executive Cristian Sutter: “We are thrilled to be working with AELF FlightService, an emerging leader in the air freight space, both on their A330s and as the launch customer for our Medius PTF Conversion product on the Airbus A340 aircraft platform.
“Our conversion solutions provide an innovative and agile response to today’s industry challenges, and our work with FlightService is set to make an impact on the industry.”
Said Lee Jones, president of Maleth Aero: “We know freight demand is not going away anytime soon, and we’re working to solidify our position.
“Avensis is changing the game in conversion solutions, and we are excited to partner with them as we grow in the PTF space.”