Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has announced it has expanded its partnership with Air Transport Services group, leasing an additional 10 767-300 cargo aircraft to support continued growth of shipping services, the company said.
Amazon previously leased 40 Boeing 767 freighter aircraft in 2016, 20 of those with ATSG, all of which are now flying serving customers in the Amazon Air network. The 10 additional cargo planes will consist of Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and operated on Amazon´s behalf by an ATSG airline, and will join the air cargo operation over the next two years.
Amazon Air´s operation launched in 2016 supporting package delivery to its growing number of customers. 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 flying in and out of gateway operations at over 20 airports, making two-day shipping possible almost anywhere in the US.
Amazon 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. Since its launch, Amazon´s air cargo operation has invested millions of dollars and created thousands of new jobs at locations across the US.