IndiGo CarGo starts operations with the A321F
India’s leading carrier IndiGo has started operations of its first A321 cargo plane between Delhi and Mumbai, effective November 15, 2022.
“The aircraft converted from a passenger jet to a full cargo configuration will be used for general cargo on the inaugural Delhi-Mumbai flight while carrying general cargo and e-commerce on the return leg. These inaugural flights will carry a load useful of more than 20 tons on each leg”, indicates an official press release.
IndiGo welcomed its first 321F last month and the next aircraft, due to arrive later this year, will also be deployed on international routes.
“We are thrilled to launch a new chapter in IndiGo’s journey with the inaugural CarGo flights,” said Mahesh Malik, Chief Commercial Officer – CarGo, IndiGo. “Delhi and Mumbai are the two largest malls in the country, and the response we have received from customers for our service offering is very encouraging. We expect business to grow over the coming months as as we expand our cargo fleet and add new destinations to our CarGo network.”
The A321P2F (passenger-to-cargo conversion) is the most efficient narrow-body freighter available, offering 24 container positions and supporting a payload of up to 27 tonnes, according to the release. “The aircraft are being converted as part of a program involving ST Engineering and Airbus with their joint venture, Elbe FlugzeugWerke (EFW).”
IndiGo has leased the aircraft from funds managed by Castlelake Aviation Holdings (Ireland) Limited, which is part of a global alternative investment firm with 17 years’ experience in investing, financing and asset management aeronautics, the statement added.