Miami International Airport is now part of Amazon Air’s (Prime Air) cargo flight operations. The company has launched double-daily freighter service at MIA to destinations across the U.S. The new cargo service is being operated by Atlas Air Worldwide with Boeing 767-300F aircraft, and includes an onsite facility to sort packages bound for their next destination.
Amazon already operates four warehouses in Miami-Dade County, all within 12 miles of MIA – the largest of which is a new 885,000-square-foot fulfillment center at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport just completed this year.
Amazon Air’s launch comes nine months after Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) officials hosted its first e-Commerce strategy workshop with more than 30 local air cargo industry stakeholders, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs. Market research firm eMarketer forecasts Latin America to be a strong e-commerce growth region during that span, with a projected doubling of annual sales from $47.4 billion in 2015 to $84.8 billion in 2019. MIA is America’s busiest airport for international freight and handles more freight to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport.
ATI (Air Transport International), which operates for Amazon Prime Air, has adorned its Boeing 767-338 ER (F) N313AZ (msn 24930) in a special “Go Gold” livery (left side only) to promote childhood cancer awareness.
This special livery is a vinyl wrap that was applied at ATI’s hub in Wilmington, OH. The aircraft was flown to SeaTac on Sunday for finishing touches and then flown to BFI on Labor Day.
The special livery is expected to survive for about 30 days.
Copyright Photos: Prime Air (ATI) Boeing 767-338 ER (F) N313AZ (msn 24930) (go gold) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 943407.
Prime Air (Seattle) is shortening its name to Amazon Air. In its holiday season recap report, Amazon announced it “celebrated its biggest holiday season” in 2017.
The growing dedicated fleet of Boeing 767-300s helped the company deliver a new record of packages this past holiday.
Amazon also announed Amazon Prime Air is now called Amazon Air. The fleet is now expected to take on new titles.
Amazon also announced the dedicated fleet had grown from 25 Boeing 767-300 freighters in July 2017 to 32 for this past holiday season. Amazon expects this number to grow to 40 by the end of this year.
Atlas Air and ATI (above) are the two main operators of the Amazon Air fleet of dedicated 767s.
Amazon is building a new cargo hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to handle the growing fleet. The companies flying the aircraft will need more pilots to fly the packages.
Top Copyright Photo: Prime Air (ATI) Boeing 767-338 ER (F) N307AZ (msn 28725) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937302.
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However this growth is also leading to some labor issues especially with the pilots assigned to fly the deliveries. One union representing air cargo pilots has established a new website called canamazondeliver.com.