Miami-based Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) intends to have three A321-200Fs in its fleet by the end of 2022, joining a couple of other airlines that will become A321F operators next year.
GlobalX Chairman and CEO Ed Wegel said in a recent update briefing that the carrier now expects to take delivery of its first freighter, an A321-200PCF (1438, ex-AtlasGlobal) on lease from Greenwich Highland Aviation, in August 2022.
The 2001-vintage aircraft arrived at the HAECO Americas facility in Lake City (LCQ) at the end of October and will begin conversion with 321 Precision Conversions imminently.
The second freighter will arrive around October 2022, on lease from ST Engineering. This will be the 2000-vintage unit 1199 (ex-Ural Airlines), which arrived in Singapore (XSP) in April but will soon head to the VT San Antonio Aerospace facility in San Antonio (SAT) to begin conversion with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) in February 2022.
GlobalX anticipates its third A321F, another -200PCF (1953, ex-AtlasGlobal) on lease from Greenwich Highland, to arrive around December 2022. The 2003-vintage aircraft has been in Montpellier (MPL) since late 2019.
All three A321s have IAE V2500 engines.
Wegel said GlobalX is working to obtain at least one more A321F in 2022, and that the company currently has nine under firm lease agreements or letters of intent (LOIs).
GlobalX, which recently agreed with Greenwich Highland to lease four A321Fs and signed an LOI for up to five A321Fs with ST Engineering earlier this year, had also signed an LOI with Vallair in late 2020 for up to ten units. The carrier told Cargo Facts that it is no longer expecting to take unit 1207 (ex-Windrose Airlines) from Vallair and has decided to move forward with other lessors.
GlobalX also told Cargo Facts that it decided not to purchase the four Finnair A321s (941, 961, 1185 and 1241) it had been considering in 2020. Those four units all have General Electric CFM56-5B engines.
Global Crossing will begin its cargo certification with the Federal Aviation Administration and submit its manuals in January 2022, Wegel said.
Other airlines that will begin A321F operations in 2022 include Lufthansa and IndiGo.