Amazon Air to expand fleet to 50 aircraft with new scalable ATSG deal
AMAZON AIR is expanding its fleet with the lease of 10 Boeing 767-300 freighters from lessor Air Transport Service Group (ATSG), reports London's Air Cargo News
AMAZON AIR is expanding its fleet with the lease of 10 Boeing 767-300 freighters from lessor Air Transport Service Group (ATSG), reports London's Air Cargo News.
The move will bring the e-commerce giant's fleet of aircraft to 50 - it leases a further 20 from ATSG and 20 from Atlas Air - when all the aircraft are delivered in two years.
The 10 aircraft will be leased from ATSG subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) and operated by one of the company's airlines.
CAM will deliver five of the B767s in 2019 and the remainder in 2020. 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 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.'
Amazon has recently announced plans to open a new regional air base at Fort Worth, while it will spend US$1.5 billion on a hub one at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport.
Amazon also recently announced a launch in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2019 as well as an expanded operation in Rockford, Illinois.