GlobalX to lease an additional A321 P2F aircraft for delivery
Global Crossing Airlines Group (GlobalX) has reached an agreement to lease an additional A321 Passenger to Freighter (P2F) aircraft for delivery in December this year.
The carrier received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration for cargo operations in February and commenced flights with its first A321P2F aircraft in the same month.
“We are pleased to be able to add an additional A321F to our delivery schedule for 2023. We expect now to take delivery of a total of six A321Fs this year, including the first freighter (N410GX) which entered revenue service in February,” said Ed Wegel, chair and chief executive of GlobalX.
Previously a passenger ACMI and charter airline, Miami-based GlobalX said in February it expected its second A321P2F to arrive by mid-March and its third A321P2F to be delivered in May.
However, the company now expects its second A321P2F to arrive in April.
“We expect delivery of our second A321F in mid-April, and that aircraft has been completely booked by our cargo clients for the next 12 months,” said Wegel.
The company plans on acquiring 25 freighters in total, which will equal the number of passenger charter aircraft in the fleet.
Wegel added: “We continue work on the certification of GlobalX Colombia which will operate the A321F and expect to enter phase 3 of that certification by May, 2023.”
The first A321P2F aircraft was converted by ST Engineering and delivered to Miami International Airport (MIA) in December.
The A321P2F has a capacity of 14 upper deck and 10 lower deck containers, which is 55% more containerised volume than the Boeing B737-800 freighter and 14% more containerised volume than the B757-200F, said GlobalX.