SmartLynx adds 5 Airbus A330s to fleet
SmartLynx Malta, a subsidiary of SmartLynx Latvia has signed a lease-agreement with CDB Aviation for five A330s, which will all be used as "phreighter". A phreighter is a passenger aircraft converted to a temporary cargo aircraft by removing the seats, adding protective covers and specially designed loading designations and strapping.
The five are set to be delivered between this and next month. The first aircraft to be delivered is 9H-SMD (1382) which is currently being prepared at Birmingham. The aircraft was previously operated by Evelop Airlines (as EC-NBP) and before that by Singapore Airlines (as 9V-STT).
Adding the A330s also means the first steps of the ACMI-specialist in operating widebodies and long-haul flights. Currently, SmartLynx (and its subsidiaries) has a fleet of five A320s and eight A321s. Two of the A321s are also currently in use as phreighter. The airline has also signed orders for two A321P2Fs, which will be operated by SmartLynx Malta for DHL Express and plans to add four more A321P2Fs in 2022.