Teleport, the logistics venture seeded by Malaysia-listed firm Capital A Berhad, has officially inducted its first Airbus A321 Freighter (A321F) aircraft into its air logistics fleet, which is set to strengthen its position as the market leader in terms of most air cargo volume by tonnage across Southeast Asia, as certified by the World ACD.

Teleport said in a statement on Thursday that the firm’s A321F with 24 containerized positions on both the main and lower deck (14 ULDs in Main Deck + 10 ULDs in Lower Deck), enables it to carry a maximum payload of 27 tons/ 27,000 kgs of various cargo including e-commerce parcels, express/small parcels, large volume cargo, and dangerous goods among others.

The second and third A321Fs, due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024 respectively, will have the flexibility to be based out of Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, or Manila, leveraging Teleport’s multi-hub operating model.

According to the statement, inducting Teleport’s A321F has been a collective effort by multiple entities within the Capital A Group, enabling Teleport to leverage one fleet, one crew and one ecosystem, to deliver a best in class and best in cost freighter operations.

“Today marks the arrival of the number one air logistics company in Southeast Asia. From a scrappy startup with humble beginnings in Malaysia, each day Teleporters across seven countries work tirelessly to deliver more goods by air than anyone else in Southeast Asia,

“We saw our growth accelerate in the past 24 months, where we have scaled a company that is profitable and on track to generate $200 million in annual revenues – it is fitting to celebrate these milestones on the same day as the arrival of the first of three A321Fs this year,” said Pete Chareonwongsak, Chief Executive Officer of Teleport.

According to him, the A321Fs are key for the firm to continue and strengthen its dominant position in Southeast Asia, as it will allow the firm to carry more, do more and cover more – by adding skidded capacity into our extensive air cargo network, and having more control and flexibility to accommodate its customers’ diverse needs.

“And with the first A321F based out of Kuala Lumpur, it is the perfect hub as its 5-hour flight range gives it access to over 80 destinations across Southeast Asia and 80 more key cities in Asia Pacific,” he added.

Teleport, founded five years ago in May 2018, saw accelerated growth in the last 24 months that led to its market leadership position in Southeast Asia.

This growth was driven by its three unique advantages; operating the largest air logistics network in Southeast Asia using the surplus belly space of 204 wide-and narrow-body AirAsia passenger aircraft, a focus on full digitization and data to coordinate end-to-end e-commerce deliveries, and the continuous addition of deep third-party airline relationships.

Today, over 1,500 businesses ‘Teleport’ their goods to over 80 destinations in Southeast Asia, using one digital Airway Bill, and with a guarantee that ‘it arrives tomorrow’.

Capital A Berhad Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said that the induction of the first A321F into their fleet is not only a testament to their hard work and dedication in the ever-challenging logistics industry, but a win for them at Capital A as it validates their diversification and growth strategy to be a value driven, low cost, high quality aviation and travel group.

“Our confidence in Teleport’s future grows stronger as we foster collaborations with other businesses under Capital A to not only position Teleport as a profitable and affordable player in the air logistics industry but also establish it as a reliable delivery partner for Capital A entities, such as the Superapp,

“Together, we are poised to unlock remarkable opportunities and deliver exceptional value to our customers,” he added.

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