AirAsia Strengthens Key Routes With Their First Dedicated 737-800 Freighter and two Converted A320s
AirAsia’s logistics venture, Teleport, is reinforcing their position as a key Asian logistics provider with the introduction of a dedicated Boeing 737-800F freighter and two converted Airbus A320s.
On Wednesday (June 9, 2021), AirAsia announced that Teleport, their logistics venture, will no operate their first dedicated Boeing 737-800F freighter and two converted passenger Airbus A320s, as the company reinforces its position as a key Asian logistics player. The 737-800F will operate out of Teleport’s Bangkok hub starting in the third quarter of 2021, strengthening the company’s network between China, India and Southeast Asia, offering improved connectivity to and from Teleport’s long haul markets. The two converted A320s will be based in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and will serve key cities including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Yangon. The A320 passenger-to-freight conversions were carried out in Malaysia by Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AirAsia Group Berhad, and in Thailand by Thai AirAsia.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Teleport’s Chief Operating Officer, Adrian Loretz, said,
“We are excited to share this expansion as we strengthen our logistics footprint across Asia. It was evident at the end of last year that the demand for cargo capacity was not going to be served with passenger belly capacity alone in the long run. So, we evaluated the option to utilize dedicated freighters to transport cargo. This is also part of our strategy to build the capacity and connectivity to offer 24 hours door-to-door delivery across all of Southeast Asia. The type of planes we are using are great to handle the current surge in demand for E-Commerce and other cargo, and we want to build our network with this dedicated cargo capacity. We are here for the long run and are ready to do more with freighters and converted planes.”
Teleport was founded in 2018 as a venture under AirAsia Digital, with the goal of building out the logistics ambitions of the company. Since 2020, Teleport has been building a cargo-only network across key markets in the region, adding capacity for increasing e-commerce and overall cargo demand. During May, AirAsia operated six Airbus A330s and two A320s on behalf of Teleport, with increasing capacity planned over the next year.