AELF FlightService (FlightService) announced their partnership with Avensis Aviation to purchase ten Medius passenger to freighter conversion kits for 2022. FlightService, operated by its sister company, Malta-based Maleth Aero with Avensis will convert its Airbus A330 and A340 fleet beginning early 2022. The aim is to focus on reliable, innovative air cargo solutions, with an emerging ground transportation segment.
The soon-to-be-released Avensis Medius Class E Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will allow the modified passenger to freighter aircraft to fly beyond the current EASA exemption deadline of July 2022. The STC approval will make FlightService one of, if not the only provider of ad-hoc charter/ACMI services approved to fly converted passenger to freighter aircraft beyond the regulatory deadline.
“This is an investment in the passenger to freighter space that puts us in a unique position in the marketplace. With the Avensis modification, the EASA exemption will be a non-issue for us and allow us to provide much of the same utility as a full freighter. From this point forward we’ll have a continuous and reliable service that shippers and retailers can come back to time and again. It provides strong utility and peace-of-mind for our customers and partners for the long haul,” said Joe Cirillo, Chief Operating Officer at AELF FlightService.
Avensis’ solutions, including the Medius Class E Freighter modification that FlightService will utilize, add agility to fleet management, maximize aircraft freight capacity, and are fully reversible.
“Our conversion solutions provide an innovative and agile response to today’s industry challenges, and our work with FlightService is set to make an impact on the industry,” said Cristian Sutter, Chief Executive Officer at Avensis.
When the modifications by Avensis are complete, FlightService will have 10 widebody aircraft operating in this configuration for ACMI and charter services.
“We know freight demand is not going away anytime soon, and we’re working to solidify our position,” said Lee Jones, President of Maleth Aero. “Needless to say, Avensis is changing the game in conversion solutions and we are excited to partner with them as we grow in the PTF space.”