Amelia International has leased an ATR72-212F (MSN 461) from TrueNoord – the Slovenian airline’s first cargo aircraft.
Specialist regional aircraft lessors TrueNoord and Amelia International, part of the Regourd Aviation Group, have entered into a four-year operating lease agreement.
MSN 461, which was previously leased by ASL Airlines Ireland, will be transitioned into Amelia International’s regional fleet and be based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Amelia International is a specialist in ad-hoc charter and regular regional flights in Europe and Africa. The company also specialises in airworthiness consulting for regional aircraft and operates several line maintenance stations.
The company’s managing director Matija Krajnc said developing cargo capabilities was a “logical step”. He said: “Leasing the ATR72-212F from TrueNoord enables us to build upon Amelia Group’s fully integrated aeronautics services to fast-track our cargo expansion. We aim to offer our cargo clients the same professional and reliable service that we are known for in passenger operations from our bases in Europe and Africa.”
TrueNoord’s sales director – Africa, Middle East and CIS Maarten Grift commented: “We look forward to working with the experienced team at Amelia to support the airline’s new cargo operations. There are increasing opportunities for nimble, cargo-converted turboprops around the regional airport network in Europe and Africa as e-commerce continues to expand rapidly.
“Operators, like Amelia International, want to combine fast-turnaround of cargo loads with economical operations for maximum flexibility and profitability. We would like to thank our partners NTE Aviation, LLC and Airplane Delivery for the support they have provided in this transition.”