Mexico-based MasAir is expanding its fleet by leasing a 767-300BDSF (24853, ex-ABX Air) under a long-term agreement with Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing division of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) [FAT 005517].
MasAir told Cargo Facts the aircraft will operate under its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) starting in August and will be flying for its ACMI division, but declined to disclose the ACMI customer or the expected routes.
Unit 24853 ended service with ATSG affiliate ABX Air at the end of February and was brought to Greensboro (GSO) on March 1, then to Wilmington (ILN) in late April. After being on the ground at ILN for about three months, it carried out a test flight July 17, and departed for Mexico City (MEX) on July 22.
MasAir said unit 24853, its first freighter-converted 767, is the only confirmed addition for now. Its other 767-300F (34627), delivered new in 2006 and subleased from LATAM Cargo, will continue operating regularly scheduled flights.
In anticipation of the expansion, the carrier has been recruiting additional 767 pilots and mechanics in the last few months.
MasAir was previously 39.5% owned by the LATAM group and became an independent company in December 2018. At one point, the carrier had two other 767-300Fs — unit 32573, delivered new from Boeing in 2001, and unit 35817 (ex-JAL), which joined in 2011. The former joined LATAM Cargo’s Brazilian subsidiary, then known as TAM Cargo, in 2012 and LATAM Cargo Colombia in 2018; the latter was placed with TAM Cargo in 2014.