Amazon to lease 12 additional 767-300 converted cargo aircraft, increasing their fleet to over 80 aircraft as part of Amazon’s dedicated air cargo network
Mumbai, NFAPost: Amazon continues to adapt to meet the changing needs of customers by investing in ways to provide fast, free delivery.
The company announced the lease of 12 Boeing 767-300 converted cargo aircraft from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG). These aircraft will join Amazon’s existing fleet of 70 aircraft to bring its total network to over 80 aircraft. One of the new aircraft joined Amazon’s air cargo operations in May 2020, with the remaining 11 to be delivered in 2021.
“We are proud to continue to evolve our partnership with Amazon to support the fast, free delivery for which they are famous,” said the company official.
Amazon Air’s fleet expansion comes at a time when people in communities across the country continue to adjust to this unprecedented time, with many relying on having the items they need delivered directly to their doorstep.
Amazon Air has played a central role during the Covid-19 pandemic by transporting essential PPE supplies for Amazon associates, frontline health workers and relief organizations across the U.S., all while maintaining the capacity for regular cargo operations to ensure customers continue to receive the items they need. Now, with expanded cargo capacity to come, Amazon will continue to meet evolving demand and a growing customer base.
Amazon Global Air Vice President Sarah Rhoads Amazon Air is critical to ensuring fast delivery for our customers – both in the current environment we are facing, and beyond.
“During a time when so many of our customers rely on us to get what they need without leaving their homes, expanding our dedicated air network ensures we have the capacity to deliver what our customers want: great selection, low prices and fast shipping speeds,” said Amazon Global Air Vice President Sarah Rhoads.
ATSG CEO and President Rich Corrado said the company is proud to continue to evolve its partnership with Amazon to support the fast, free delivery for which they are famous.
“Our combined experience in the industry and access to a fleet of 767 cargo aircraft make us an ideal partner to support the growth of Amazon Air’s fleet,” said ATSG CEO and President Rich Corrado.
ATSG CEO and President Rich Corrado said the new commitment is further evidence of Amazon’s confidence in the company’s ability to support its expanding U.S. air network. The leases will be for 10 years, with options for Amazon to extend them by 3 years. The company said the deal increases the number if aircraft leased to Amazon to 42 by the end of 2021.
Air Transport Services Group is an American aviation holding company which provides air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. Shares of Air Transport Services Group Inc. ATSG, -2.00% soared 10.3% toward a 4 1/2-month high after the aircraft leasing company announced a deal to lease an additional 12 Boeing 767-300 converted cargo aircraft to Amazon.com Inc.
Amazon continues to expand on-the-ground operations in addition to aircraft. Amazon will open new Regional Air Hubs at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida later this summer and at San Bernardino International Airport next year, along with the central Amazon Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2021.
In May, Amazon Air began Gateway operations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since Amazon Air’s launch in 2016, Amazon has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and created thousands of new jobs at Amazon Air locations across the U.S.
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