West Atlantic to take delivery of the first A320 freighter

Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. West Atlantic now operates a fleet of 33 BAe ATP freighters.

West Atlantic (Gothenburg) will become the first operator of the converted Airbus A320 freighter. AerCap Holdings N.V. has announced that it has placed the first converted Airbus A320 freighter from its fleet on lease with European cargo operator West Atlantic. These aircraft are part of a passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion project for up to thirty A320 aircraft that AerCap agreed with Airbus Freighter Conversions (AFC) in 2008.

Under the lease agreement between AerCap and West Atlantic, which is subject to finalization of terms and conditions, West Atlantic will become launch operator for the A320 P2Fs by taking an initial three aircraft on lease from AerCap with deliveries between 2012 and mid-2013, with the option of a further four aircraft by 2015.

AerCap, AerCap’s subsidiary AeroTurbine and AFC will provide certain spares, crew training and line support to West Atlantic for facilitating the entry of the converted aircraft into service.

West Atlantic was created in 2008 with the merger of West Air Europe (Sweden), West Air Europe (Luxembourg) and Atlantic Airlines (UK).