12 June 2023 | Aircraft investment specialist Stratos has delivered two widebodies in the past week, continuing a deal flow involving over 10 widebodies to different buyers and lessees over the past 12 months.
Stratos completed the sale of A330-300 MSN1338 to an affiliate of DHL – the aircraft had originally operated at Thai International and was acquired speculatively last year without lease on behalf of one of Stratos’ leading European investors. The aircraft spent the past number of months in maintenance works and was flown to Dresden, Germany for conversion to a freighter commencing in the coming months.
John McHugh, VP Technical Stratos said: “We are delighted to have delivered this aircraft following extensive rework including engine repairs, landing gears as well as airframe clearance in a highly challenging environment from a supply-chain and MRO availability perspective”
The second aircraft delivered was a 777-300ER MSN39232 to a major carrier in the Middle East in a transition from Cathay Pacific. The aircraft had operated since new at the Hong Kong flag carrier and was returned as part of a normal lease expiry before transitioning on lease.
Cian O Shea, Marketing Director Stratos said: “This redelivery and transition of a large widebody aircraft to an existing client of Stratos in a market where airlines are highly sensitive to cabin spec and maintenance condition is a testament to our placement credentials.”