The Lithuania-based ACMI operator, Avion Express, which was originally established as a cargo and passenger airline in 2005, has announced it is re-entering the airfreight market. The airline said it is ready to offer freight capabilities of up to 17 tonnes of cargo using Airbus A320s and up to 24 tonnes with via the A321. Cargo can be carried in the hold and inside the cabin. Its fleet of aircraft is based in Central and Eastern Europe. Its holds FAA approval for its subsidiary airline, Avion Express Malta, which is offering cargo transportation to and from the US using A320s.
This company said the move comes as a response to a rapidly changing situation in the market. Although commercial passenger flights are largely suspended around the world due to coronavirus pandemic, cargo-carrying flights are now in huge demand. Passenger aircraft are being turned into cargo to carry emergency supplies.
Darius Kajokas, CEO Avion Express said: “The transportation doesn’t stop with passenger flights being suspended. While the very last repatriation flights are still taking place, people and organisations around the world are in great need of supplies, food and medical equipment. As Avion Express has always been characterised by its flexibility, we are now adapting our operations in accordance with market requirements. Although we are currently mostly focusing on the transportation of humanitarian aid and medical equipment in the fight against COVID-19, other cargo requests are also very welcomed and thoroughly considered.”