Florida-based Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) will expand its Airbus freighter fleet and enter the medium-widebody market by adding A330Fs.
GlobalX Chairman and CEO Ed Wegel told Cargo Facts that the A330 is part of the carrier’s long-term business plan and that although the availability of A330 freighters is tight, it hopes for A330F additions in late 2023 “at the very earliest.”
It is currently unclear whether GlobalX intends to introduce production A330-200Fs or converted A330P2Fs, but the company said in June 2021 that it had signed a letter of intent with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) for one A330P2F conversion slot in 2023, with the intention of eventually converting both A330-300s and -200s.
As part of a new memorandum of understanding with China-based logistics company FreightCloud, GlobalX will begin flying cargo throughout the Americas from planned hubs in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York using its A321Fs in Q1 2023, and between Asia and the Americas using A330Fs in late 2023, according to a release.
The carrier recently secured Avianca as its first A321F customer on a charter basis and cut the door for its first freighter (1199, ex-Ural Airlines) in April.