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ATSG to lease 12 additional Boeing 767-300Fs to Amazon

Prime Air (ATI) Boeing 767-319 ER (F) WL N419AZ (msn 26913) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 950258.

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), the leading provider of medium wide-body aircraft leasing, air transportation and related services, has announced an agreement to lease twelve additional Boeing 767-300 converted freighter aircraft to Amazon.com Services LLC.

One of the twelve aircraft was delivered on May 29, 2020 and the remaining eleven will be delivered in 2021. All twelve will be leased to Amazon for ten years, with options for Amazon to extend the leases for three additional years.

Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), ATSG’s aircraft leasing subsidiary, currently leases twenty-seven 767 aircraft to Amazon, including six leased during 2019. In December 2018, Amazon committed to lease those six plus an additional four 767s from CAM by the end of 2020. The agreement announced today increases the projected number of 767s CAM will have leased to Amazon to 31 by the end of 2020 and to 42 by the end of 2021.

Widebody Boeing 767 freighters have become the preeminent midsize component of regional air-cargo networks over the last ten years, and ATSG is the world’s largest lessor of that aircraft type. ATSG expects to end 2020 with seventy-eight owned 767 freighter aircraft in operation, seventy-one of which will be leased to eleven external customers.

 

Note: The aircraft will be operated by ATI. ATI is a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc.

ATI was founded in 1978 as US Airways. In January 1980 the airline (renamed Interstate Airlines) became an FAR Part 121 certificated all-cargo airline flying Convair 580s. Its fleet quickly expanded to include Lockheed L-188 Electra, Boeing 727, and McDonnell-Douglas DC-8 aircraft. The airline flew freight domestically for Purolator, Emery, and ad hoc charters. In 1984 the airline began flying internationally. It moved its headquarters from Michigan to Arkansas. In 1988 the airline adopted its current name.

Through the 1990s and 2000s ATI hauled freight for the Military Airlift Command (Air Mobility Command), UPS, Emery Air Freight, Burlington Air Express, DHL, and Zantop International Airlines. The airline had over 500 employees and operated 32 DC-8s. As a long-term member of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), ATI was among the airlines activated in 1990 to support Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield and received several commendations for its performance.

In October 1994, ICX International Cargo Express was merged with ATI. The airline was purchased by BAX Global, an operating unit of the Brink’s Company, in February 1998.

In 2006, ATI was sold to Cargo Holdings International, Inc. (CHI), which was itself acquired by ABX Holdings, Inc. the following year. In 2008, parent company ABX Holdings was renamed Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG). ATI added its first Boeing 767 in 2008.

In March 2013, Capital Cargo International Airlines was merged with ATI. During the same year, ATI replaced its DC-8 Combi aircraft with more modern Boeing 757 Combi aircraft.

Today, the airline’s fleet consists exclusively of Boeing 767 and 757 aircraft, allowing all of its flight crews to share a common type rating.

The company’s principal customers today include the US military, DHL, and Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc. (Prime Air).

Top Copyright Photo: Prime Air (ATI) Boeing 767-319 ER (F) WL N419AZ (msn 26913) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 950258.

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Prime Air promotes Jack Ryan on Prime Video on N1049A

Promoting Jack Ryan series on Prime Video

Prime Air Boeing 767-36N ER (F) N1049A (msn 30109), operated by Atlas Air, is now promoting Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series on Prime Video with a special livery.

From Wikipedia:

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, or simply Jack Ryan, is an American political thriller spy web televisionseries, based on characters from the fictional “Ryanverse” created by Tom Clancy, that premiered on August 31, 2018 on Prime Video. The series was created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland. Cuse serves as an executive producer alongside John Krasinski, Michael Bay, and Mace Neufeld, among others. Krasinski also stars in the series as the title character, making him the fifth actor to portray the character after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine from the film series.

In April 2018, Amazon renewed the series for its second season which premiered on October 31, 2019. In February 2019, Amazon renewed the series for a third season.

N1049A is pictured arriving at Ontario, CA.

 

Copyright Photo: Prime Air (Atlas Air) Boeing 767-36N ER (F) N1049A (msn 30109) (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948661.

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Sun Country Airlines to fly 10 Boeing 737-800Fs for Amazon, adds Vancouver

Sun Country Airlines has signed a a six-year deal with Amazon to operate 10 Boeing 737-800F freighters for Amazon Prime starting next spring.

The first delivery will be in April 2020.

Previously Amazon announced a partnership with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease an additional fifteen Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft. These fifteen aircraft will be in addition to the five Boeing 737-800s already leased from GECAS and announced earlier this year. The aircraft will fly in the United States out of the more than 20 air gateways in the Amazon Air network.

In other news, Sun Country is adding the Minneapolis/St. Paul – Vancouver route:

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Amazon partners with GECAS to lease an additional fifteen 737-800 converted freighters

Amazon continues to invest in ways to provide fast, free shipping for customers. Today, at the International Paris Air Show, the company announced a partnership with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease an additional fifteen Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft. These fifteen aircraft will be in addition to the five Boeing 737-800’s already leased from GECAS and announced earlier this year. The aircraft will fly in the United States out of the more than 20 air gateways in the Amazon Air network.

“These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day program,” said Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon. “By 2021, Amazon Air will have a portfolio of 70 aircraft flying in our dedicated air network.”

“We’re delighted to support Amazon Air’s dedicated air network,” said Richard Greener, GECAS Cargo’s Senior Vice President. “The capability of the 737-800 freighter will further Amazon’s ability to provide reliable and regional delivery to its customers for years to come.”

Amazon Air’s operation launched in 2016 supporting package delivery to the rapidly growing number of customers who love fast delivery, affordable prices and vast selection. With advanced algorithms and software used for capacity and route planning, the Amazon Air operation can transport hundreds of thousands of packages per day. Amazon will open new air facilities this year at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Wilmington Air Park, and Chicago Rockford International Airport. The main Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will open in 2021. Since its launch, Amazon’s air cargo operation has invested millions of dollars and created thousands of new jobs at locations across the U.S.

Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure fast delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including its Delivery Service Partner program, Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of over 10,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the expanded fleet of cargo aircraft. These efforts join Amazon’s robust worldwide network of more than 185 fulfillment centers where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for customers.

Launching the 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion program in 2016 and delivering the inaugural Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) less than one year ago, GECAS has plans to convert at least 50 of this type, providing the capacity for the growing need for cargo air transport. The aircraft are equipped with a rigid cargo barrier and have 12 main deck pallet positions. The aircraft have a maximum structural payload of 23,500 kg (51,800lb) and a maximum range of over 2,100 nautical miles.

Amazon to build its Prime Air primary hub at Cincinnati

Crashed on approach to Houston (IAH) on February 23, 2019

Amazon has announced it will build its primary hub on the south side of the airfield at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG).

Amazon’s $1.4 billion investment will support a fleet of 100+ Prime Air cargo planes.

CVG, state and local officials worked with Amazon on a deal to:

• Lease more than 900 acres of CVG land for 50+ years
• Construct three million square feet of buildings
• Add more than 2,700 jobs to CVG’s existing base of 10,000

The expected activity and landed weight of Amazon’s operations will enable CVG to continue lowering its landing fees, benefiting all carriers while ensuring CVG remains a great place to do business.


The Air Hub at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport will open in 2021.

Recently, Amazon also announced a gateway operation to launch in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2019 as well as an expanded operation in Rockford, Illinois.

In addition, Amazon issued this story:

Amazon’s expansion in Kentucky

On May 14, Amazon broke ground for a new Air Hub located in Hebron, KY at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The Air Hub will open in 2021 as part of the company’s commitment to ensure fast, free shipping for customers.

Amazon first set roots in Kentucky in 1999 when it opened two fulfillment centers. Today, Kentucky is home to 14 Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers, one customer service center and two Whole Foods Market stores. Amazon has invested more than $8 billion in the state and created more than 12,500 full-time jobs.

“Our new Amazon Air hub, opening in 2021, is part of our continued investment in Prime to ensure we have the capacity required for continued outstanding service for our customers,” said Sarah Rhoads, director, Amazon Air. “We’re proud to call Kentucky home for our air hub, creating more than 2,000 jobs in this fantastic community.”

“The commonwealth of Kentucky is thrilled to celebrate this historic day, as Amazon officially breaks ground on its $1 billion-plus Amazon Air Hub,” said Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin. “This massive project at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will be revolutionary for the region’s workforce and for our state’s overall economy. We are grateful for Amazon’s long-term commitment to Kentucky, and we are proud to see this momentous new endeavor take flight.”

“A vibrant airport with a strong air cargo footprint improves the economic vitality of our region,” said Candace McGraw, CEO, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. “We are grateful to the Amazon team for locating its Central Air Cargo Hub at CVG. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

“Today’s ground-breaking ceremony celebrating Amazon Air’s investment in Boone County, Kentucky, at CVG is a fantastic next step for this historic project,” said Judge/Executive Gary Moore, Boone County, Kentucky. “As one of Kentucky’s fastest-growing counties, I am enthusiastic about what this development means for Boone County—as validation of the skill level of our local workforce, advantageous geographic location, and pro-growth policies. The leaders of Boone County and our region look forward to working with Amazon for many years to come.”

Exterior rendering of the new Prime Air hub to be built at CVG.
An illustration of the exterior space of the new Amazon Air Hub at CVG.

Top Copyright Photo: Prime Air (Atlas Air) Boeing 767-375 ER (F) WL N1217A (msn 25865) ONT (Arnd Wolf). Image: 945755.

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Atlas Air Boeing 767-300F flight 5Y 3591 with N1217A crashes on approach to Houston (IAH)

Atlas Air Boeing 767-375 ER N1217A (see below) has crashed into Trinity Bay near Houston. The freighter was en route from Miami to Houston (IAH) as flight 5Y 3591 when it went into a steep dive. The aircraft was being operated for Amazon Prime Air. There were three crew members on board. There are no survivors according to the Chambers County Sheriff.

The aircraft crashed before 12:45 pm CT according to the FAA. There was no distress call to the FAA ATC.

Human remains has now been located at the site.

Atlas Air Worldwide issued this statement:

As was previously reported Atlas Air flight 3591 was involved in an accident earlier today. Three people were on board at the time.

At this stage a search investigation is underway.  In the meantime, we are providing all possible information to the families and loved ones of those on board.

The flight from Miami to Houston was a cargo flight operated by Atlas Air on behalf of Amazon.

We have activated our emergency response plans and we will be sending a specialist team to the crash site.

Everyone within the company is deeply saddened by this event. Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come. We  have a call center available for media inquiries the number is + 1 407 205 1814.

We are now working with the emergency services and other agencies to establish the circumstances around exactly what happened. Further updates will be available on our website.

Here is the statement from the FAA:

There was a line of thunderstorms in front of the aircraft as it approached IAH.

The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office made this announcement:

The plane has been located in Jack’s Pocket at the north end of Trinity Bay.

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Below Copyright Photo: Prime Air (Atlas Air) Boeing 767-375 ER (F) WL N1217A (msn 25865) ONT (Arnd Wolf). Image: 945755.

Crashed on approach to Houston (IAH) on February 23, 2019

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Amazon adds 10 additional Boeing 767-300F freighters

Amazon continues to invest in ways to provide fast, free delivery for customers.

Today, the company announced an expansion of its partnership with Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) by leasing an additional 10 aircraft to support Amazon’s growth. Amazon previously leased 40 Boeing 767 freighter aircraft in 2016, 20 of those with ATSG, all of which are now flying serving customers in the Amazon Air network.

The 10 additional cargo planes will consist of Boeing 767-300 aircraft, will be operated on Amazon’s behalf by an ATSG airline, and will join the air cargo operation over the next two years.

Amazon Air’s operation launched in 2016 supporting package delivery to the rapidly growing number of customers who love fast delivery, great prices and vast selection. With advanced algorithms and software used for capacity and route planning, the Amazon Air operation can transport hundreds of thousands of packages per day. In addition, with Amazon’s dedicated air network, Amazon is able to deliver packages to its customers faster – 40 aircraft are flying in and out of gateway operations at over 20 airports, making two-day shipping possible almost anywhere in the U.S.

Amazon will open a new Regional Air Hub next year at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and the Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will open in 2021. Recently, Amazon also announced a gateway operation to launch in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2019 as well as an expanded operation in Rockford, Illinois. Since its launch, Amazon’s air cargo operation has invested millions of dollars and created thousands of new jobs at locations across the U.S.

Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure fast delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including its Delivery Service Partner program, Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of over 10,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the expanded fleet of air cargo planes. These efforts join Amazon’s robust worldwide network of more than 185 fulfillment centers where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for customers.

Amazon Air is now operating to Miami

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.

Amazon Air will operate two daily flights.

Photo: MIA.

“Go Gold” special livery introduced on ATI’s N313AZ to fight childhood cancer

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.

2018 "go gold" special markings to promote awareness of childhood cancer

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.

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