Apparently N376AN operated currently as an ATI spare is planned to become an Amazon bird after the new year. It had been talked about in the past as being switched over to Amazon but it seemed to live on in the ATI paint job doing additional work.
Well, all these things can change at any time, because I think that CAM generally views these aircraft as fungible. Amazon may or may not.
(They contracted for N739AX towards the beginning, and they didn't want N255CM to just take its place permanently when CAM realized that 739AX, a lease-return, needed a whole lot of work. So 255CM temporarily took its place, and after a bulkhead change and a bunch of other stuff, 739AX finished its maintenance and was leased to Amazon, and 255CM became an ATI spare. Point is: Amazon has a say in all this.)
It's all going to be about what they have to serve who they need.
So, right now, the FAA doesn't show a tail number change in the works for N376AN. Doesn't mean there won't be one.
What the FAA does show is 381AN is going to become N479AZ.
It also shows that 392AN is going to become N491AZ.
And that N395AN (back from TLV and at ILN for two weeks) will become N499AZ.
We also know that N388AA is supposed to go to Amazon.
So that's four. ATI needs to put 5 in service by the end of March.
So let's review the possibilities. And to do so, we have to talk about Aloha Cargo. For 3 years, Aloha Cargo has leased an aircraft from CAM, N399CM (which is painted in Aloha Cargo livery). ATI has been flying that plane for Aloha Cargo "temporarily" (for a little over 3 years so far) until Aloha Cargo gets ETOPS and can fly it with its own pilots. Apparently, Aloha Cargo expects finally to get the FAA approval in the first quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, Aloha Cargo started a second CONUS-HNL route, which is HNL-SEA-LAX-HNL, that it isn't flying with its own metal or pilots. Initially, Asia Pacific Airlines was flying the route for Aloha Cargo using a 757.
However, Aloha Cargo (Northern Air Cargo) is going to be leasing another 763 from CAM to handle that route. During Peak, ATI took over flying that route (HNL-SEA-LAX-HNL) from Asia Pacific Airlines, and used N381AN. However, 381AN has now returned to ILN, presumably to get ready for Amazon (needs paint, among other things), and instead N392AN is flying the route. Plainly, 392AN is going to be needed for Amazon, so it can't continue to fly this route forever. I don't know whether Aloha will now stay with a second ATI-operated 763, or go back to the Asia Pacifc 757 until their new plane arrives.
We had expected that N394AN, presently in TLV and long-overdue to return to the US given when it arrived in TLV (3/31/20), was going to be going to Aloha as N321CM. I just don't know the schedule/plans for it and for Aloha. Maybe Aloha will wait for it until it gets ETOPS and can fly the route itself, or maybe it will have ATI fly that aircraft until Aloha gets ETOPS. In the meantime, either ATI will fly the route with something (376AN, maybe?) or it will go back to Asia Pacific Airlines in this off-season.
Or, Aloha will punt the whole thing and N394AN will end up going to Amazon as the fifth frame that needs to be in service by March and Aloha will take a later conversion. Or, as you suggest, N376AN will be the 5th one. I had heard that N385AM, which was the next in line at TLV after the ones we have discussed, was going to be ready in August. That seems like a long time, given that it arrived in Early September. There's no obvious reason that that aircraft couldn't be pulled forward and completed by the end of March. Indeed, I originally had thought that it would be the fifth frame to be delivered in the First Quarter of 2021, so I was surprised when I heard "August".
The rumor about N503AZ is interesting. When ATSG said that there were going to be five frames going to Amazon by the end of March, they meant 5 CAM leases. It's always possible that Amazon instead wants them to fly N503AZ as the fifth and defer leasing one of the 5, or, it's possible that N503AZ is a sixth one. We won't know until we see it. It also could be that that is a mistake by somebody, because other rumors have the ex-Westjet Amazon-owned 767-300s as going to Cargojet.
I know it's a brain-twister, but there you have it.
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