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.
Aircraft Leasing, Tony Carder, said:
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
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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