Amazon Air to expand fleet to 50 aircraft with new ATSG deal
Amazon Air is expanding its fleet with the lease of a further 10 Boeing 767-300 freighters from lessor ATSG, with options for even more, bringing its total to 50 aircraft.
Amazon Air currently leases 20 air freighters from ATSG and 20 from Atlas Air, with the additional 10 from ATSG to be operational in the next two years.
The ten aircraft will be leased from ATSG subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) and operated by one of the company's airlines.
All of the leases will be for 10 years, with the possibility to extend them for up to three more years.
Amazon began its air operations in 2016 as it sought to gain more control over its network and meet customer demand for faster delivery.
The move was widely expected as Amazon will have 100 aircraft parking spaces at the hub it is developing at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport.
“With advanced algorithms and software used for capacity and route planning, the Amazon Air operation can transport hundreds of thousands of packages per day," Amazon said in a statement.
“In addition, with Amazon’s dedicated air network, Amazon is able to deliver packages to its customers faster – 40 aircraft are flying in and out of gateway operations at over 20 airports, making two-day shipping possible almost anywhere in the US," it added.
Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations Dave Clark said: “Our customers love massive selection and fast delivery, and the Amazon Air capacity we are building enables Prime delivery speeds for customers from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida.
“By expanding the Amazon Air network through our partnership with ATSG we’re able to ensure we have the capacity to quickly and efficiently deliver packages to customers for years to come.”
Over the last few weeks Amazon has announced plans to open several new air hubs, including a new Regional Air Hub at Fort Worth Alliance, while it will spend US $1.5-billion on its new air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport
Amazon also recently announced a gateway operation to launch in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2019 as well as an expanded operation in Rockford, Illinois.