Amazon on June 3 announced the company Is leasing 12 Boeing 767-300 converted cargo aircraft. The aircraft will join Amazon’s existing fleet of 70 aircraft. One of the new aircraft joined Amazon’s air cargo operations in May 2020, according to the company, with the remaining 11 to be delivered in 2021.
The expanded cargo capacity will allow Amazon to meet evolving demand and a growing customer base — including COVID-19-related PPE and other consumer purchases.
“Amazon Air is critical to ensuring fast delivery for our customers – both in the current environment we are facing, and beyond,” says Sarah Rhoads, VP Amazon Global Air. “During a time when so many of our customers rely on us to get what they need without leaving their homes, expanding our dedicated air network ensures we have the capacity to deliver what our customers want: great selection, low prices and fast shipping speeds.”
Amazon is leasing the planes from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).
The company also announced Amazon will open new Regional Air Hubs at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida later this summer and at San Bernardino International Airport next year, along with the central Amazon Air Hub at the 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, according to the company.