SmartLynx has announced the introduction of an A321F, the first freighter aircraft to be registered in Malta. The new freighter will fly to Leipzig in Germany, where it will commence operations in support of the Express Division of Deutsche Post’s DHL group.

In comparison to similar class freighter models, the A321F is viewed as a better option for the environment and lowering Co2 emissions, owing to 20 per cent reduction in fuel burn and an enhanced performance in range, payload, and volume capacity. It is also considered one of the most technologically advanced narrow-body fleet types in its class.

According to the company, the SmartLynx A321F is perfectly placed to meet the ever-increasing demand for express global cargo transportation, whilst demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and a forward-facing focus on a cleaner, more environmentally aware future for air freight transportation.

“The increasing demand for e-commerce shipments, along with the continuous need for the transportation of both protective equipment and medical supplies has vastly dictated the pace of growth right across the air cargo industry,” commented SmartLynx Malta CEO Zygimantas Surintas, citing the growing demand for air cargo capacity.

“The introduction of our new A321F as the first freighter aircraft registered in Malta will enhance our ability to support our partners in DHL and be well placed to contribute our support for growing air cargo demand in general.”

“This advance is a noteworthy step in the right direction and cements our commitment to strategic planning for the future in a cleaner and more environmentally sensitive manner,” he continued, going on to voice his appreciation for the guidance and assistance of the Maltese authorities. “The contribution of every sector of the Maltese authorities can’t be overstated. Without their guidance, assistance, advice, and constant contribution to the entire project, this historic event could not have happened,” he said.

Adding to this, Capt. Charles Pace, Director General for Malta Civil Aviation, noted that “the growth of SmartLynx Airlines and introduction of new aircraft fills us with courage at a time when the industry has been struggling to cope.”

SmartLynx Malta also revealed future plans for the introduction of additional A321Fs, along with a future target of becoming one of the largest narrow-body cargo freight carriers.

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