IndiGo to source 4 A321ceo aircraft to be converted into freighter
Recently, IndiGo has been building up its CarGo business and as a part of it, it has now started a freighter program. Under this program, the country’s leading carrier company is sourcing 4 A321ceo aircraft which will get converted into full freighter configurations from passenger jets. A Letter of Intent has already been signed by IndiGo with a lessor for two aircraft and is expecting to reach the agreement for the next two in a while. The initiative will make the best use of natural synergies that the carrier company offers, using the same pool of pilots and engineers that fly and service its current fleet.
The A321P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter conversion) is the most efficient narrow-bodied freighter available, offering 24 container positions and supporting a payload of up to 27 tonnes. These are being converted through a program involving ST Engineering and Airbus with their joint venture, Elbe FlugzeugWerke (EFW).
IndiGo is expected to take the delivery of its first freighter in the first half of 2022, which will be used for both domestic and regional missions. The remaining three aircraft in the initial commitment are expected to arrive within about a year or more from the arrival of the first freighter, and further aircraft may be sourced depending on market development.
Mr. Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer and Wholetime Director, IndiGo said, “CarGo has been a success story over the last year, scaling new heights and creating new records, but our belief in the cargo business goes beyond the special circumstances right now. IndiGo was already the largest carrier of cargo in domestic India before Covid-19, and we expect the market to continue to grow after the pandemic. Our investment in the Airbus Freighter Programme will help strengthen our product and services in the segment, and not only help accelerate our own business recovery but also be a strong engine of economic growth for the country.”