Mozambican carrier LAM is looking to branch into maintenance and cargo operations, and intends to create a new operator called LAM Cargo.
Speaking to ATI at the AFRAA assembly in Maputo, LAM chief Jose Viegas said: "We would use a small cargo aircraft, perhaps a Boeing 737-300, for cargo operations between Johannesburg and northern Mozambique.
"Today 5% of our turnover is from cargo, but there's potential to grow that."
LAM will also form a 50:50 maintenance joint venture company with 737-200 lessor Celtic Capital in the first quarter of next year.
The new Maputo-based firm, to be named LAM Star Tech, will perform 737-200 C-checks.
It has already secured work from Air Malawi and Air Tanzania. Celtic Capital owns 16 737-200s, including the two operated by LAM.