March 10, 2016—Amazon Fulfillment Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, signed an agreement with Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) to lease 20 Boeing 767 aircraft, ATSG said. The planes will be used “to operate an air cargo network to serve Amazon customers in the United States,” according to an ATSG statement.
Leases for the 20 Boeing planes will be for a duration of five to seven years while the separate agreement for operation of the aircraft will be for five years.
Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, said in the statement: “We’re excited to supplement our existing delivery network with a great new provider, ATSG, by adding 20 planes to ensure air cargo capacity to support one- and two-day delivery for customers.”
ATSG had been running trials of a fully customized air cargo network for Amazon since last summer. “We are excited to serve Amazon customers by providing additional air cargo capacity and logistics support to ensure great shipping speeds for customers,” Joe Hete, president and CEO of ATSG, said in the statement.
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