Teleport by AirAsia is looking to base its First Airbus A321 (P2F) Freighter in Philippines. In the unveiling ceremony of first dedicated freight aircraft, Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes revealed some exciting plans.
Teleport received 1st Airbus A321 (P2F) Freighter
On 22 June, Teleport received its 1st Airbus A321 Freighter aircraft registered as 9M-TLA. The aircraft is a 21.8 years old airframe, which was earlier operated by various airlines like Volare Airlines, LTU, Air Berlin, Condor, White (Portugal), TUI Fly, Galistair, Galistair Malta and now will be operated by AirAsia.
The cargo conversion happened at San Antonio Airport (SAT). It was ferried from San Antonio to Kuala Lampur on 22 June. It has been named as Awan.
Teleport Philippines : Exciting era ahead
Speaking at unveiling ceremony of first freighter, Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said that AirAsia group is eyeing a cargo expansion in Philippines. He said, “Philippines is where, we see Teleport to be a very big operation. Obviously, Philippines AirAsia is doing most of the Teleport’s work by using belly space of the Airbus A320 aircraft. In the not too distant future, the airline will assign some of the 10 Teleport aircraft to the Philippines.”.
AirAsia already has a subsidiary in Philippines – Philippines AirAsia. This subsidiary has a fleet of 25 Airbus A320. In terms of volume, Manila to Davao was the best performing route for AirAsia.
MRO to Philippines
CEO Fernandes said that he was excited to put more investments in Philippines. Capital A is also keen to expand Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services in Philippines. One option is to bring Asia Digital Engineering (ADE) here, said Tony Fernandes.
Asia Digital Engineering is the engineering unit of AirAsia. It has units in Kuching, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and Johor Bahru. Kuala Lampur International Airport has a full range of MRO facilities.
CEO Fernandes said : “We want to build an engineering company here, on top of Lufthansa Technik. We would like to bring in ADE, which is really a fantastic engineering company.”
More Airbus A321 Freighter to Teleport
In this year, Teleport will receive 2 more Airbus A321P2F aircraft.
1 aircraft has already reached Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for conversion. They will register this airframe MSN 926 as 9M-TLP. The aircraft, which was operated by Aer Lingus from 1998 to 2022, is 24.7 years old.
First 3 aircraft leased for 7 years. The lessor will deliver the remaining 7 aircraft within 18 months after delivering the 3rd freighter.
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