Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has purchased three Boeing 757-200 combi aircraft from National Air Cargo Group.
ATSG's subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) will take one of the aircraft this month and add the rest to its fleet in early 2013, the company says. The airline will also purchase a spare engine and other equipment from National. CAM will lease the aircraft to Air Transport International, an ATSG subsidiary.
ATSG will replace four DC-8 combis with the new aircraft, which will provide lift for the United States Transportation Command. The new 757s each have 10 more passenger seats and the same amount of cargo capacity as the older DC-8 aircraft, as well as improved fuel burn. The first of the modified 757s is undergoing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification testing.
When the DC-8s are retired, ATSG's fleet will be comprised of Boeing 757-200s, 767-200s and 767-300s.