Sweden-based West Atlantic recently returned a 767-200BDSF to its lessor and is considering the addition of slightly younger freighters.
The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the 767 (22217, ex-ABX Air) was returned off-lease to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) [FAT 005518]. The aircraft was ferried from Leipzig (LEJ) to Tampa (TPA) via Boston (BOS) at the end of March, and is currently still at TPA, where one of Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services’ facilities is located. CAM and Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services are both subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).
Unit 22217 entered service with West Atlantic in January 2016. After returning another 767-200BDSF (22788) last June, West Atlantic now only has two more 767-200BDSFs (22222 and 22224), both of which are leased from CAM and are actively flying. These are the only widebodies in the carrier’s fleet, which includes a range of narrowbody types such as BAe ATPs, 737 Classic freighters, and 737-800BCFs.
West Atlantic told Cargo Facts it is still evaluating 767-300Fs, noting they would be an easy addition and complementary to the 767-200BDSFs.
The carrier also said it is unlikely to add any more 737-300Fs or 737-400Fs, but more 737-800Fs would be “a distinct possibility” if there was customer need for extra capacity. West Atlantic was the launch operator of the 737-800BCF and currently operates four on an ACMI basis for FedEx.
However, much will depend on how the world economy looks after government subsidy schemes are no longer in place and the reality of a recession begins to kick in, according to West Atlantic.
Apart from units 22217 and 22788, another of CAM’s 767-200BDSFs (23431) also appears to be inactive, having been idled at Wilmington (ILN) since December 2019.