Morningstar Air Express will soon expand its regional CMI flying for FedEx Express with at least two additional ATR 72-200Fs.
The two aircraft (224 and 229) had previously been operated by ASL Airlines Ireland in Europe. Unit 224 arrived at Morningstar’s Edmonton (YEG) base on Oct. 6, and was reregistered in Canada to Morningstar Oct. 23; unit 229 arrived at YEG Oct. 21.
Meanwhile, a third ATR 72-200F (292) has been in Shannon (SNN) since Oct. 16. SNN,ASL’s base, is where units 224 and 229 had each stayed for around eighteen days before making their way west across the Atlantic to Morningstar. It is currently unclear if unit 292 will follow a similar path to Canada.
Morningstar did not comment, and FedEx only told Cargo Facts that it “continually evaluates [its] network and makes appropriate enhancements in order to best serve [its] customers.”
Based on a recruitment notice posted by Morningstar in July, Cargo Facts believes the two ATR 72s will be based in Calgary (YYC).
Morningstar’s current operation revolves entirely around FedEx; apart from a single ATR 72-200F (217) flying between Montreal (YMX) and Quebec (YQB), the carrier also flies eight 757-200Fs and eight 208Bs in Canada on behalf of the express integrator.
ASL may be operating fewer ATR 72-200Fs for FedEx, but it said in early October that it expects to soon begin flying at least five new ATR 72-600Fs on behalf of the integrator, including the prototype aircraft (1653) that made its first flight in September.
In addition to the aircraft mentioned above, FedEx also has seventeen other ATR 72-200s: six placed with Empire Airlines, nine with Mountain Air Cargo and two more with ASL.
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