Commercial giant leases twelve converted cargo aircraft
Amazon will lease twelve additional converted Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft, increasing its fleet to over 80 planes as part of its dedicated air cargo network. The company announced this in a press release on Wednesday.
Amazon is continuing to adapt to the changing needs of its customers and is investing in ways to offer fast and free delivery. The twelve additional aircraft are leased from the Air Transport Services Group (ATSG). The aircraft will join Amazon’s existing fleet of 70 aircraft and expand the company’s total network to over 80 aircraft. One of the new airplanes joined Amazon’s airfreight operations in May 2020, the remaining 11 are scheduled for delivery in 2021.
Expansion also planned for air freight structures on the ground
In addition to logistics airplanes, Amazon is also further expanding its airfreight operations on the ground. Amazon will open new regional hubs at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida this summer and at San Bernardino International Airport next year, along with Amazon’s central air hub at 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 Airs launch in 2016, Amazon Air has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and created thousands of new jobs at Amazon Air locations in the United States.