Panama-based Cargo Three will soon launch operations with its first A300B4-200F (227, ex-AeroUnion). JMB Aviation Group, parent of Cargo Three, told Cargo Facts it expects to put the aircraft into service in about a month, after approval by the Panamanian authorities.
JMB said the A300F will be deployed on a daily flight between Panama City (PTY) and Miami (MIA). The company also told Cargo Facts it plans to introduce two A300-600Fs to Cargo Three’s fleet next year, but didn’t say what the source of these aircraft would be.
Last year, Venezuela-based Transcarga International Airways, also a subsidiary of JMB Aviation Group, had filed an exemption application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate charter services between Caracas (CCS) and MIA via PTY, after the DOT banned cargo flights between Venezuela and the U.S. for security reasons. The application was ultimately rejected.
Transcarga currently has two A300B4-200Fs in active service (261, ex-TNT Airways, and 274, ex-Air Contractors). At least five other leased A300s had previously flown with the carrier, including units 152, 211, 220, 234 and 259, but most of these have now been scrapped or parted out, according to JMB.