SmartLynx Airlines has added five Airbus A330 aircraft to its fleet.

The EU-based specialists in full-service ACMI aircraft leasing solutions will bolster its current fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with the A330 aircraft with a view to becoming leaders in the long-haul market.

The five A330s will be modified to Zero LOPA by removing passenger seats and preparing the aircraft for cargo flights. The aircraft are planned to be added to SmartLynx’s fleet during May and June.

According to IATA, in April 2021, air cargo demand reached an all-time high and was up 9% compared to pre-COVID levels. The increased market demand for long-haul cargo operations prompted SmartLynx Airlines to grow their fleet and introduce the modified aircraft, able to transport cargo shipments, including vaccines and medical supplies, long haul.

“As one of the leading EU-based ACMI and charter operators on Airbus aircraft, we are excited to substantially grow our fleet and offer our clients different products while diving to long-haul operations. We are constantly expanding our service portfolio and areas of expertise to accommodate the rapidly changing market demand. It’s our strong belief that the pandemic and the current global crisis will create many opportunities for growth and development for our company and the whole industry. The addition of the modified Airbus A330 aircraft is a big step forward for SmartLynx Airlines and we are more than excited to see what challenges and victories it will bring," commented Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Airlines.

”We understand that eventually the long-haul cargo market will return to the pre-Covid levels, so SmartLynx Airlines plan to return the Airbus A330 aircraft to operate on long-haul passenger flights once that time comes. We believe that our low-cost structure and great efficiency will allow us to create competition to market veterans,” he added.

The global aircraft leasing platform CDB Aviation will be leasing out several Airbus A330 aircraft to SmartLynx Airlines.