AirAsia Group’s Teleport to operate dedicated 737 freighter
AirAsia Group said its logistics business, Teleport, will begin cargo operations with a dedicated 737-800F freighter by the third quarter of 2021. Read More » The service is planned to operate out of the group’s Bangkok hub to add capacity and strengthen its route network between China, India and Southeast Asia and improve connectivity to and from long-haul markets. The company, part of airasia digital, also will convert two AirAsia A320s to cargo operations, based out of Bangkok and also Kuala Lumpur through the removal of cabin seats. "It was evident at the end of last year the demand for cargo capacity was not going to be served with passenger belly capacity alone in the long run," Teleport chief operating officer, Adrian Loretz, said. "So, we evaluated the option to utilise dedicated freighters to transport cargo." The statement said AirAsia flew six A330s and two A320s on behalf of Teleport in May and there were plans to expand the operation in the year ahead. The A320s were converted by AirAsia subsidiary, Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), in Kuala Lumpur and Thai AirAsia in Bangkok.