Air Asia interested in the Airbus A321neo cargo
Air Asia is interested in the Airbus A321neo cargo with the objective of developing an exclusive division formed by this model. According to a Reuters report, the airline plans to convert some of the 362 planes it has ordered.
“The division, which also carries cargo in the hold of AirAsia passenger planes and has a food and parcel delivery business, is targeting $ 1 billion in annual revenue within three years,” said said Pete Chareonwongsak, CEO of Air Asia’s logistics division called Teleport.
“For many markets that we need to reach both in terms of reach and capacity, this is a great product. Will we be the launch customer? We don’t know, ”he added of the possible passenger Airbus A321neo converted to freight.
“We believe that Southeast Asia, assuming we focus on this market, might be able to absorb a certain level of capacity,” he concluded of the goal of a fleet of 100 cargo planes by 2030.
Air Asia is still in talks with Airbus anyway. Although the FAA certifies the American version of the Airbus A321 converted to a freighter, nothing has yet been confirmed for the Neo to be included in this certification.
In the end, everything seems to indicate that the medium-term future of the cargo plane will come from the hand of a previous conversion. This is because demand is not constant, let alone after a pandemic.