Amazon bought C-FOGJ from WestJet on Thursday (to be N503AZ)
So this one is totally-weird.
Amazon is acquiring its own aircraft now? Do you know what Amazon entity bought it? (The FAA only shows that serial number as a pending import under that tail number, with the entity left blank.)
[I'm not implying that you're incorrect. I am absolutely-sure that you ARE correct. The "?"s are intended to express surprise, ask actual and not rhetorical questions, and indicate departures from the previous norm.]
And then they flew it to LCY???
This is a retired Qantas aircraft that went to Westjet after retirement instead of to CAM. It was VH-OGJ at Qantas, and continued a similar tail number on registration in Canada (C-FOGJ). It's a sister of a lot of the CAM conversions, which include VH-OGA, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, K, M, O, S and V.
So what happens now will be interesting. It might be informed by the following factoids:
(1) I can't think of an ATSG aircraft that has been worked on at LCY. It's a HAECO Americas facility. (This all used to be called TIMCO before being acquired by the Hong Kong company.)
(2) However, ATSG has been using HAECO Americas' facility at GSO for heavy maintenance on some of the ABX Air fleet for several years (although not the ATI fleet), including some of the 767-200s being leased to Amazon and operated by ABX. N744AX is at GSO right now, in fact, and N774AX was there in April/May of this year.
(3) This aircraft was acquired from Qantas by BCC, which appears to have leased it and its retired-Qantas sisters C-FOGT (VH-OGI), C-FWAD (VH-OGL), and C-GOGN (VH-OGN) (all also parked) to Westjet. So the trip to LCY on 8/19/20 could have been related to the lease termination (or for inspection) prior to sale.
(4) And this whole thing could herald a group of 4 sisters joining 13 of their former sisters at ATSG. Or not.
(5) The "AZ" suffix has been used by the Amazon aircraft leased to it by ATSG/CAM and operated by ATI. AAWW's Titan/Andromeda leasing companies chose 4 numerals and an A instead.
(6) All the retired Qantas 767-300s aircraft use non-FADEC engines. AAWW prefers FADEC. ATSG doesn't care. But for all we know, of course, we could be looking at an entirely-new 767 operator, although the possibility of that seems remote, as it is effectively-unnecessary and overly-complicated. Unless, of course, the aircraft is going to be used in Europe or the like.
(7) The aircraft is presently-unconverted. We will see where it goes for conversion. ATSG has used IAI exclusively. Does it make sense for Amazon to take on the job of managing a conversion itself?
(8) As noted by the new President of UPS, the companies that perform contract MRO for the passenger airlines are hurting right now, and are indeed offering powerful incentives to depart from your norm and use them. Accordingly, UPS and other companies that are still flying are opportunistically taking advantage of the discounts, which make it worthwhile to do some maintenance earlier than the last-possible-cycle. So there is some dislocation as among the usual providers.
(9) That said, if this aircraft were going to ATSG to operate or CAM to convert, there's no reason it couldn't be worked on at TPA. AMES-Tampa (formerly PEMCO) has to be seeing a much-lower volume of Frontier Airlines business these days, and so would seem to have the necessary capacity. But who knows. ATSG is still sending ABX aircraft to HAECO at GSO, even in the pandemic.