Our newest aircraft arrives in the ACMI sub-charter market

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A second surge fleet aircraft from the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme is set to impress following its entry into service within the commercial ACMI market.

Following AirTanker’s debut ACMI lease with Thomas Cook Airlines in 2015, this journey now sees the company offering further A330 capacity in the ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) sub-charter market. Using an additional aircraft from its surge fleet, AirTanker have increased their commercial footprint and are looking forward to the future.

Director of Aircraft Leasing, said:

The ACMI sub-charter operation is a brand new and exciting step for us and one that we are delighted to have reached and now be delivering.  With the Aircraft (G-VYGM) now operational and based at Birmingham International Airport (BHX), this next step demonstrates the adaptability of our capabilities. We will establish further lease opportunities and continue to develop our product in the ACMI market.

The FSTA contract was awarded to AirTanker in 2008 by the Ministry of Defence and provides 14 aircraft in total; a core fleet of nine Voyager A330 aircraft with optional surge capability rights on a further five A330’s.  Leasing Operating aircraft from the surge fleet in the civil market provides greater efficiency and flexibility for the MOD whilst embedding commercial market best practices into the organisation.  


The final aircraft of the FSTA programme was delivered on time to AirTanker in July this year, completing the fleet of 14 aircraft.  With the development of further leasing opportunities, these aircraft are set to soar in the commercial market as they have throughout the programme so far.


The programme remains on track to achieve full service delivery in autumn of this year and the programme continues to provide support to both the RAF and civilian operations.

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