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IndiGo signs letter of intent for Airbus A321P2F

India’s largest low-cost carrier, IndiGo is considering plans to induct four Airbus A321 passenger to freighter aircraft into its fleet from 2022. According to a company statement seen by AeroNewsX, IndiGo has signed a letter of intent with an unknown lessor for the first two A321P2F, and an agreement for the second pair of A321P2F is expected to conclude shortly.

The Airbus A321ceo will undergo a conversion program involving ST Engineering, Airbus, and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EWF). The airlines stated that the Airbus A321P2F is the most efficient narrow-body converted freighter and can carry a maximum of 24 containers and a supporting a maximum payload of up to 27 tonnes.

In a company statement, the Chief Executive of IndiGo, Ronojoy Dutta said “Our investment in the Airbus Freighter Programme will help strengthen our product and services in the segment, and not only help accelerate our own business recovery but also be a strong engine of economic growth for the country.”

The CEO of IndiGo highlighted that its cargo business has been a success story for the airline over the last year and before COVID-19 the carrier was the largest carrier of cargo domestically in India. Mr Ronojoy Dutta went on to state that the company expects the market “to continue to grow after the pandemic.”

IndiGo is expected to take delivery of its first Airbus A321P2F aircraft in the first half of 2022, with the remaining three aircraft expected to arrive within a year or so from the arrival of the first freighter. The airline will operate the A321P2F on domestic and regional flights. The news of four additional aircraft comes following local media reports earlier this year, which cited that IndiGo was in talks to acquire up to five converted freighters from Airbus.

Currently, IndiGo operates a fleet of over 240 narrow-body aircraft including 25 ATR aircraft, 179 Airbus A320s, and 38 Airbus A321s. The addition of the A321P2F would also allow IndiGo to compete with rival low-cost carriers SpiceJet and its cargo division SpiceXpress.

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