Amazon starts air cargo operations in Europe from air hub near Leipzig
GIANT online retailer Amazon
10 November 2020 - 19:00
Amazon Air will run a 20,000-square-metre regional air hub at Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany, with two branded Boeing 737-800 freighters flown by ASL Airlines of France, the company said in a statement. The facility will employ 200 people, reports Bloomberg.
Operating its own aircraft will let the world's largest e-commerce company offer 'more flexible delivery options,' Amazon said. The company unveiled the air cargo service in 2016, reducing its reliance on United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp.
Seattle-based Amazon has been expanding its aviation logistics unit, taking advantage of a depressed market for aircraft during the pandemic. In June, it announced the leasing of an additional 12 converted Boeing 767-300 passenger planes from Air Transport Services Group Inc, adding to an existing fleet of 70 aircraft.
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