In another industry milestone, Azul Cargo introduces today, the world's first Class F freighter aircraft. This innovative initiative was conducted in-house in partnership with LHColus Tecnologia, starting with the conceptual design development, cabin preparation, concept proof and development test flights. The final aircraft certification, received fastly on February 1st of this year, had given the partnership with the Brazilian Aviation Authority, Anac.
The addition of this converted E195 fleet to Azul Cargo's operation adds unmatched flexibility and cost effectiveness to its logistics operation. Benefitting from the low trip-cost of the E-195, combined with 15 metric tons of payload capability the E195 Class F is the perfect aircraft to help Azul Cargo transform logistics in Brazil.
Also, this innovation is aligned to Azul's ESG strategy and with the commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045, as each E1 freighter reduces carbon emissions by 7,900 tons per year and has up to three times more the capacity compared to the previous versions of the E1 aircraft.
"Azul has helped to double the Brazilian aviation market over the last thirteen years. A key part of that growth was the E195. Today with the launch of the E195 Class F freighter we again aim to transform the Brazilian market, this time in logistics. With unmatched operational flexibility, reliability, access to varied airport infrastructure, the E195 Class F is the perfect platform to deliver a competitive advantage to our logistics customers. With this aircraft we can truly transform and grow logistics in Brazil",
- Abhi Shah, Azul's Chief Revenue Officer.
"Class F" category means that the aircraft is certified to transport cargo in the cabin, in heat and fire-resistant containers, with an innovative thermal camera fire detection system.
The prototype aircraft, PR-AXW, performed 12 proof of concept tests, 8 ground smoke barrier tests and one certification flight with ANAC inspectors.
About Azul Cargo Express
Azul Cargo Express, the logistics business of Azul Linhas Aéreas, has its business model in express deliveries and cargo shipments, taking advantage of Azul's network. Today, Azul Cargo Express has over 300 stores in Brazil and abroad, offering a wide range of services to over 4,500 Brazilian cities, in addition to the entire territory of the USA and Portugal. The services offered include critical packages, B2C distribution for e-commerce, economy rate packages and palletized cargo in the global market.