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Azul Cargo introduces the world’s first E195 Class F freighter aircraft

 

In another industry milestone, Azul Cargo introduces today, the world’s first Class F freighter aircraft. This innovative initiative was conducted in-house in partnership with LHColus Tecnologia, starting with the conceptual design development, cabin preparation, concept proof and development test flights. The final aircraft certification, received on February 1, 2022 had given the partnership with the Brazilian Aviation Authority, Anac.

The addition of this converted E195 fleet to Azul Cargo’s operation adds unmatched flexibility and cost effectiveness to its logistics operation. Benefitting from the low trip-cost of the E-195, combined with 15 metric tons of payload capability the E195 Class F is the perfect aircraft to help Azul Cargo transform logistics in Brazil.

Also, this innovation is aligned to Azul’s ESG strategy and with the commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045, as each E1 freighter reduces carbon emissions by 7,900 tons per year and has up to three times more the capacity compared to the previous versions of the E1 aircraft.

Class F Cabin
“Class F” category means that the aircraft is certified to transport cargo in the cabin, in heat and fire-resistant containers, with an innovative thermal camera fire detection system.

The prototype aircraft, PR-AXW, performed 12 proof of concept tests, 8 ground smoke barrier tests and one certification flight with ANAC inspectors.

Azul announces the lease of two Boeing 737-400F freighters

Azul has announced the lease of two used Boeing 737-400F freighters to support the rapid growth of its cargo business unit, Azul Cargo Express. Both aircraft are expected to be delivered during the second half of this year. As a result, Azul Cargo Express will have additional capacity and greater flexibility to provide customized solutions for its growing customer base.

“We have decided to order these freighter planes because we see the need to have some dedicated narrowbody aircraft to support the growth of our cargo business. The 737 is the only narrowbody freighter option in the market and was chosen because of the model’s low ownership cost combined with its superior capacity and unbeatable reliability track record. With these planes, we’ll have greater versatility based on the needs of our clients, and we will also be able to offer new services, such as air charter. With no doubt, these cargo planes will support our fast expansion,” notes Izabel Reis, director of Azul Cargo Express.

The 737-400F can hold up to 20 tons of cargo. With more capacity and higher flexibility, Azul Cargo Express expects to grow revenues by 40% this year, expanding its service offering throughout Brazil. In 2017, Azul’s cargo business registered a 49% revenue growth compared to the previous year.