Air Transport Services Group has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire twenty B767-300(ER) passenger aircraft from Jetran over the next three years.

A statement said the aircraft covered by the agreement are currently operated by American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth). All were manufactured between 1993 and 2003, and are powered by General Electric CF6-series engines. As it stands, ATSG expects to begin freighter modification of six of the twenty B767s during 2019, up to nine during 2020, and no fewer than five in 2021.

Based on that anticipated schedule, and apart from any other transactions involving B767-300s, ATSG projects that it should own at least fifty-nine B767-300(F)s by the end of 2021, compared with thirty-nine at the end of 2018.

Among ATSG's key contractors is Amazon International which currently employs six B767-200(F)s operated by ABX Air (GB, Wilmington, OH) as well as six B767-200(F)s and eight -300(F)s from ATI - Air Transport International (8C, Little Rock).

However, in order to facilitate its future growth, Amazon said it would add ten more B767-300 freighters from ATSG over the coming two years, presumably sourced from the aforementioned pool of twenty. Five of the B767s will deliver in 2019 and the remainder in 2020.

ATSG also owns six other passenger-configured B767-300s, all currently operated by its recently acquired passenger airline subsidiary, Omni Air International (OY, Tulsa Int'l).