IndiGo to add four Airbus A321P2F freighters

IndiGo Airlines has made this announcement:

Building on the success of the CarGo business in recent years, IndiGo – India’s leading carrier – has initiated a freighter program and is in the process of sourcing 4 Airbus A321ceo aircraft each of which will be converted from passenger jets to a full freighter configuration.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) has been signed with a lessor for two aircraft already, and IndiGo expects to reach agreement for the next two shortly.

The initiative will make best use of the natural synergies that IndiGo offers, using the same pool of pilots and engineers that fly and service its current fleet. The A321P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter conversion) is the most efficient narrow-bodied freighter available, offering 24 container positions and supporting a payload of up to 27 tons.

These are being converted through a program involving ST Engineering and Airbus with their joint venture, Elbe FlugzeugWerke (EFW).

IndiGo is expected to take the delivery of its first freighter in the first half of 2022, which will be used for both domestic and regional missions. The remaining three aircraft in the initial commitment are expected to arrive within a year or so from arrival of our first freighter, and further aircraft may be sourced depending on market development.