21 Air (2I, Greensboro) says it is planning to enter into what it termed a "longterm ACMI contract" with an unspecified airline group and global player after having been granted scheduled traffic rights for the US-Mexico market.

In July, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) granted the North Carolina-based carrier the requisite rights following an application lodged in June. At the time, 21 Air said it planned to use its scheduled authority to run B767 freighter flights for and on behalf of a Mexican carrier.

Although the contract will be operated on an ACMI basis, 21 Air said that owing to various restrictions imposed by the Mexican authorities on how the contemplated wet-lease services must be conducted, the contract will have to be operated via scheduled flights using scheduled authority.

21 Air was originally certificated by the DOT as an all-cargo carrier in 2016. Since early 2017, its fleet of two B767-200(ERBDSF)s have been deployed on various domestic US and foreign services on behalf of US and Latin America-based carriers.