Amazon Fulfilment Services has taken its first step into the air freight market through an agreement to lease 20 Boeing 767 cargo planes from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).
By leasing the fleet of freight planes, Amazon will have a dedicated, fully-customised air cargo network to support its existing transport and distribution activity in the US. Specifically, the planes will help Amazon fulfil its one and two-day delivery services to customers.
Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior VP or worldwide operations and customer service, commented: “We offer ultra-fast delivery promises to a growing group of Prime members and we’re excited to supplement our existing delivery network by adding 20 planes to ensure air cargo capacity to support one and two-day delivery for customers.”
The aircraft will be run by ATSG’s airline – ABX Air and Air Transport International with logistics services provided by LGSTX Services. Amazon is leasing the planes for five – seven years, representing a significant investment for the company.