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Amazon’s Air Network expanding its fleet

BY Marianne Wilson

Amazon is growing its air delivery capabilities as it looks to lessen its reliance on UPS, FedEx, the US Postal Service and other outside companies.

The online giant announced it is expanding its partnership with Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) by leasing 10 Boeing 767 cargo planes. Amazon previously leased 40 Boeing 767 freighter aircraft in 2016 (20 of those with ATSG), all of which are now flying in the Amazon Air network. The 10 additional planes will be operated on Amazon’s behalf by an ATSG airline, and will join the air cargo operation during 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 VP of 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.”

In addition Amazon will open a regional “air hub” in 2019 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, with an addition one scheduled to open at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport 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.

The Amazon Air network launched in 2016. Currently, 40 aircraft are flying in and out of gateway operations at over 20 airports, making two-day shipping possible almost anywhere in the U.S., the company said.

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