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Amazon leases more freighters to support growth
Published:2018-12-30   Have been here 78   Source:泓威国际物流

Amazon continues to build-up its air cargo operation with the expansion of  its fleet of freighters to 50 aircraft through the lease of more B767-300 aircraft from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).

Of the 40 B767 freighter aircraft previously leased by the US e-commerce giant, 20 were supplied by ATSG - all of which are now operating on the Amazon Air network.

The leasing agreements for the 20 ATSG aircraft have also been extended by two to three years.

The 10 additional cargo planes will enter service for the online retailing giant over the next two years.

“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”, said Dave Clark, senior vice-president,Worldwide Operations, at Amazon.

“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.”

Commenting on the extension of the partnership with Amazon, Joe Hete, president and CEO of ATSG, said: “As the world’s leading source of customer-dedicated 767 cargo aircraft, we have the access to aircraft and are uniquely qualified to support Amazon for many years to come”.

Launched in 2016,  Amazon Air's 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 underlined.

The company will open a new Regional Air Hub next year at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and the Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will open in 2021.

Recently, Amazon also announced a gateway operation to launch in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2019 as well as an expanded operation in Rockford, Illinois.

Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure fast delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including its Delivery Service Partner program, Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of over 10,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the expanded fleet of air cargo planes.

These efforts join Amazon’s robust worldwide network of more than 185 fulfillment centers where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for customers.

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