Freight Amazon Air expands its cargo fleet

Amazon Air’s fleet has grown to 32 freighters in December 2017.

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The Christmas season is the busiest time for online shops like Amazon. The electronic commerce company announced that the fleet of its in-house cargo airline has grown to 32 Boeing aircraft.

Amazon Air, which has been renamed from Amazon Prime Air to distinguish from another Amazon subsidiary focused on drone-based delivery, was founded in 2016 to expand shipping capabilities. The carrier commenced operations with 20 leased aircraft in 2016.

The virtual airline leases cargo capacity from other carriers. 12 Boeing 767-200F are operated by Air Transport International (6) and ABX Air (6). Atlas Air operates 12 Boeing 767-300BCF and will add eight additional aircraft of the same type to its Amazon operations in 2018. Air Transport International operates additional 12 Boeing 767-300SF for Amazon Air.

Amazon Air is based at the Northern Kentucky International Airport in Cincinnati. The company is building a new worldwide cargo hub at the airport to handle around 100 aircraft. US media reports, the company is in negotiations about additional Boeing 767 Freighters for its existing fleet.

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