Turkey-based ULS Airlines Cargo is now looking to narrowbody freighters to renew and expand its fleet. The carrier told Cargo Facts that due to the changing market it plans to introduce two A321Fs and two A330Fs within the next four years, subject to feedstock prices.
ULS said this would be the first phase of its fleet expansion and it hadn’t yet secured the aircraft, as it was still looking for the right time to do so.
ULS currently has three A310-300Fs, all of which are operated for Turkish Cargo on an ACMI basis on various European, Middle Eastern and African routes. The carrier previously told Cargo Facts it had decided on the freighter-converted A330-300 as its future platform, citing the aircraft’s higher capacity as particularly beneficial for e-commerce.
While the carrier didn’t go into which version of the A321F it would likely choose, both Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) and 321 Precision Conversions expect to receive the supplemental type certificate for their respective A321 conversion programs this year. Luxembourg-based Vallair is the launch customer for both programs.
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