American charter and cargo start-up Global Crossing Airlines Group, operating as GLOBALX (GXA, Miami Int'l), has taken delivery of its first A321-200, N277GX (msn 2480), leased from Lithuania-based Magnetic Leasing.

It was ferried in the Floridian start-up’s livery from Tallinn Lennart Meri to Miami Int'l via Reykjavik Keflavik and Bangor on April 14-15, ch-aviation analysis of Flightradar24 and AirNav RadarBox ADS-B data shows. GLOBALX has said it intends the A321 to provide services to Cuba, subject to governmental approvals.

The 16-year-old aircraft was previously operated as VN-A349 by Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) between May 2005 and August 2019, with a spell as XU-349 at Cambodia Angkor Air (K6, Siem Reap) from April 2012 to March 2017, according to the ch-aviation fleets history module. It is configured with seating for 183, including 171 in economy and 12 in business.

It joins A320-200 N276GX (msn 2695), a 15.2-year-old twinjet owned by DAE Capital, which the start-up took delivery of on January 1, 2021.

As previously reported, last month GLOBALX said it had expanded its “strategic partnership” with Latvia’s SmartLynx Airlines beyond a damp lease agreement forged between the two in May 2020. This included cooperation in several areas during the US carrier’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, which it had hoped to complete by the end of March.

Operating from two bases, Miami and Atlantic City, GLOBALX ultimately aims to provide charter capacity for major airlines, tour operators, professional and collegiate sports teams, casinos, and corporate groups, as well as direct-to-consumer charters under its Part 380 regulations.