Amazon Air welcomes 15 Boeing aircraft to its fleet
The aircraft manufacturing division of Amazon will lease 15 Boeing 737-800 aircraft as part of a collaboration with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), according to Supply Chain Dive.
At the International Paris Air Show, it was announced that 15 aircraft as well as five jets were leased from GECAS earlier this year.
In a press release, Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations at Amazon, commented: “By 2021, Amazon Air will have a portfolio of 70 aircraft flying in our dedicated air network.”
Using Amazon’s Air network, the aircraft will transport cargo through the US. Amazon is set to open new air facilities at Chicago Rockford International Airport, Forth Worth Alliance Airport as well as Wilmington Air Park.
Having began to develop its own logistics network through initiatives like the Delivery Service Partners programme, which offers financial incentives for entrepreneurs to begin a delivery business, as well as the expansion of its air cargo fleet and network.
Morgan Stanley analysts wrote following the news of the FedEx-Amazon break-up. “We believe Amazon has enough linehaul capacity to insource all of its own Prime needs. In a sense, the trainer wheels are off the Amazon Logistics operation.”
Amazon first entered the air space in 2016 and leased 40 cargo jets.