Logistics specialist DHL Express is to introduce a pair of Airbus A321 freighters, to be operated by wet-lease capacity provider SmartLynx Malta.

SmartLynx Malta had emerged last year as a customer for A321 freighters from Vallair as it sought to enter the cargo aircraft market.

The company has reached a partnership agreement to take the aircraft into DHL’s European fleet, supplying capacity to meet increasing express cargo demand.

DHL A321 freighter-c-DHL Express

Source: DHL Express

“Continually modernising our fleet with the most efficient and reliable cargo aircraft produced is vital to our success,” says DHL senior vice-president for global air fleet management Geoff Kehr.

He says the A321 is a “natural” addition to the carrier’s freighter fleet, given that it has introduced the Airbus A330-300 converted freighter.

Smartlynx Malta is intending to add another pair of A321 freighters over the course of this year and up to four more in 2022.

“This development is a substantial step forward in our strategic plans for the future,” says chief executive Zygimantas Surintas.

“Having strong partnerships is a decisive factor to growing our business even further and in a cleaner, more sustainable manner.”