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Global Crossing Airlines Announces Agreement to convert an A321 to A321 P2F with Icelease

Global Crossing Airlines | August 03, 2022 | Read time : 01:00 min

Global Crossing
Global Crossing Airlines Group Inc. announces the signing of a definitive agreement with Icelease to convert an Airbus A321 aircraft and lease to GlobalX for a period of eight years. The Aircraft is currently flown by GlobalX in passenger configuration and will be converted at a Precision Aircraft Solutions facility starting in October 2023, and is expected to be placed into freighter revenue service by April 2024. GlobalX helped arrange for the sale of the Aircraft from current lessor Magnetic Leasing to Icelease in order to facilitate the conversion agreement.

We are delighted to be working with the team at Icelease, whom I have known for many years. They understand our business, think creatively, move decisively and will continue to work with us on additional A321 freighter transactions,” 

Ed Wegel, Chairman and CEO of GlobalX.

About Global Crossing Airlines
GlobalX is a US 121 domestic flag and supplemental Airline flying the Airbus A320 family aircraft. GlobalX flies as a passenger ACMI and charter airline serving the US, Caribbean, and Latin American markets. In 2022, GlobalX will enter ACMI cargo service flying the A321 freighter, subject to DOT and FAA approvals.

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United Airlines | November 03, 2022

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Delta Air Lines | October 14, 2022

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Inmarsat | September 29, 2022

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