AELF FlightService has partnered with Avensis Aviation to purchase ten Medius passenger-to-freighter conversion kits for 2022.
AELF FlightService, operated by its sister company, Malta-based Maleth Aero, will work with Avensis to convert its Airbus A330 and A340 fleet beginning early 2022.
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.
AELF FlightService said the STC approval would make it “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,” said AELF FlightService’s chief operating officer Joe Cirillo. “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.”
When the modifications by Avensis are complete, FlightService will have 10 widebody aircraft operating in this configuration for ACMI and charter services.