Amazon are expanding their fleet of Amazon Prime Air planes leasing an additional 10 aircraft to having previously leased 40 Boeing 767 freighter aircraft in 2016. The 10 additional cargo planes will consist of Boeing 767-300 aircraft, will be operated on Amazon’s behalf by Transport Services Group (ATSG), and will join the air cargo operation over the next two years.
Amazon Prime Air operations launched in 2016 and with advanced algorithms and software used for capacity and route planning, the Amazon Air operation can transport hundreds of thousands of packages per day. In addition, with Amazon’s dedicated air network, Amazon is able to deliver packages to its customers faster – 40 aircraft are already flying in and out of gateway operations at over 20 airports, making two-day shipping possible almost anywhere in the US.
“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.”
– Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Amazon
Amazon will open a new Regional Air Hub next year at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and the Amazon Prime 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.