Georgia-based Camex Airlines received its first aircraft, a 737-800BCF, and hosted a small ceremony upon its arrival in Tbilisi (TBS) on July 4.
Camex confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had taken delivery of the 2003-vintage unit 33549 (ex-Ryanair) on lease from BBAM [FATs 007719-7720]. The new carrier, which was established in 2021, told Cargo Facts that it expects to begin commercial operations with the aircraft in August after completing the certification process in the next two to three weeks.
Unit 33549 had arrived at the GAMECO facility in Guangzhou (CAN) in October 2021 for conversion with Boeing.
Camex, whose parent company, Camex International, is in the e-commerce forwarding business, reaffirmed its intention to have a total of four 737-800Fs in its fleet by the end of 2022, adding the next one later in August.
The arrival of unit 33549 means that Georgia is now home to four operators of 737NG freighters, matching China and the U.S.
In April 2021, Georgian Airways became the first carrier in Georgia to add the 737NG when it launched its cargo operations with the delivery of a 737-800SF (28231,ex-Smartwings) on lease from Aero Capital Solutions, while in July that year MyWay Airlines became the second carrier to add an NG with a 737-700BDSF (30513, ex-Xiamen Airlines) on lease from Spectre Air Capital.
At the beginning of 2022, Georgian Airlines, another new Georgia-based carrier, took delivery of its first aircraft, leasing the 1999-vintage unit 28595 (ex-Air Italy) from BBAM after its conversion with Boeing.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., Atlas Air and Sun Country Airlines operate 737-800BCFs; iAero Airways operates 737-800BDSFs and 737-800SFs; and Alaska Airlines operates 737-700BDSFs. In China, China Postal Airlines, China Central Longhao Airlines and Central Airlines all operate 737-800BCFs, while Tianjin Air Cargo operates a 737-800BCF and a 737-700BDSF.