SmartLynx has announced its introduction of the first freighter aircraft registered in Malta, in the form of an A321F, which is also the first of its type to be added to the company’s fleet.
The aircraft bears a specially commissioned livery, featuring both SmartLynx and DHL branding, and will fly to Leipzig, where it will commence operations in support of the Express Division of Deutsche Post’s DHL group.
The aircraft is particularly notable, according to SmartLynx, because it is “the most fuel-efficient narrow-body aircraft in its class”, as well as “one of the most technologically advanced”.
The introduction and Maltese registration of the new aircraft is cited by SmartLynx as setting new standards for the company and its progression in the freighter market.
“The SmartLynx A321F is perfectly placed to meet the ever-increasing demand for express global cargo transportation and comes as confirmation and recognition of the aviation company’s position in support of the freight movement sector”, the company explained.
Citing the growing demand for air cargo capacity, Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Malta commented: “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.
“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”.
Mr Surintas also thanked Malta’s authorities for their guidance and assistance, saying: “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… the contribution of every sector of the Maltese authorities can’t be overstated”.
Charles Pace, Director General at Malta Civil Aviation, commented: “The growth of SmartLynx Airlines and introduction of new aircraft fills us with courage at a time when the industry is struggling to cope”.
Capt Pace also thanked the inspectors who did a very diligent job within the required timelines and went on to thank the management of the company.