Two 767-300BDSFs previously in passenger service with WestJet have now made their way back to Canada, as Amazon places them with Cargojet for the launch of CMI operations in the country.
The two units (25363 and 25576), currently at Cargojet’s base in Hamilton (YHM), are part of the first batch of four ex-WestJet 767-300ERs that Amazon purchased last year.
The former landed at YHM June 23 and officially entered the Canadian register the next day. Amazon had sent the 767 to the Mexicana MRO Services facility in Mexico City (MEX) in September for short-term storage, ahead of conversion with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) there. It left MEX and arrived in Marana (MZJ) earlier in June 2021.
As for unit 25576, which arrived at YHM July 3, Amazon had ferried it to Tel Aviv (TLV) in September 2020 for conversion by IAI. The aircraft went to Victorville (VCV) in late May 2021 after completion and as of July 6 has yet to be assigned a Canadian registration.
Cargojet announced the CMI contract for the pair of Amazon-owned 767-300BDSFs in April. The freighters will operate in the Cargojet fleet for at least four years, and up to ten, if three two-year extensions are exercised.
Of the other two ex-WestJet 767-300BDSFs (25274 and 25246), the former began CMI service with Air Transport International (ATI) on April 29, while the latter is currently still at MEX, although Cargo Facts believes it will also be operated by ATI.
Amazon, which has not yet publicly identified a CMI operator for the seven ex-Delta 767-300ERs it purchased, did not respond to a request for comment.
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