Air Canada to convert two Boeing 767s into freighters to meet demand
FLAG carrier Air Canada is expected to sell two passenger Boeing 767s to be converted into freighters before leasing them back, reports London's Air Cargo News
25 January 2021 - 19:00
The airlines will sell the aircraft to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), with the first sale being done in March 2021. Both are expected to be redelivered to Air Canada by the end of 2021.
Air Canada announced its plan to use converted freighters to grow cargo business due to the evolving opportunities in the air freight market.
'Getting these two 767 freighters into our operation in 2021 is aligned with our announcement in November. We are excited to be in a position to capture the market opportunities that currently present themselves. Delivering on our commitments is critically important to all of us at Air Canada,' said Air Canada vice president Jason Berry.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will convert the aircraft.
'It is always a great feeling to gain a new lease customer and we are proud to be able to again support a great airline like Air Canada. We are looking forward to delivering these airplanes and extending our special partnership with Air Canada,' said chief commercial officer Mike Berger.
'We continue to see growth outside of the US, and ATSG continues to enable great companies to take advantage of growing global e-commerce and mobile-commerce trends,' said Mr Berger.
Cargo has become an important part of business for carriers due to the ongoing Covid crisis.
'We are seeing shipments of vaccines and vaccine consumables being transported by Air Canada Cargo for distribution in Canada since December. These shipments are a result of close collaboration with our supply chain partners, and our operational readiness to expertly handle them,' said cargo and commercial vice president Vito Creon.
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