|Key people||Sarah Rhoads|
Amazon Air, operating under the callsign Prime Air, is a cargo airline operating exclusively to transport Amazon packages. In 2017, it changed its name from Amazon Prime Air to Amazon Air to differentiate themselves from their autonomous drone delivery service. However, the Prime Air logo remains on the aircraft. Until January 2021, the airline had relied on wet-leasing its aircraft from other operators, but going forward it is looking to directly own some aircraft. On the planes the airline owns, the airline will still rely on others for CMI leases, providing crew, maintenance, and insurance.
In late 2015, Amazon began trial cargo runs out of Wilmington Air Park under the code name Project Aerosmith. In December 2015, Amazon announced that it would begin its own cargo airline to expand its capability.
In March 2016, Amazon acquired options to buy up to 19.9 percent of Air Transport Services Group's (ATSG) stock and began scheduled operations with 20 Boeing 767 aircraft.
On January 31, 2017, Amazon announced that Amazon Air would make Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (KCVG) its principal hub, and began operations on April 30, 2017. Amazon received $40 million in tax incentives and plans to begin construction on a 920-acre (370 ha) facility with a 3×106 sq ft (69-acre; 28 ha) sorting facility and parking space for over 100 cargo aircraft; the project is estimated to cost $1.5 billion.
In December 2017 the company, which was named Amazon Prime Air, announced its rebranding as Amazon Air to avoid confusion with the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service, although it continues to operate under the callsign "Prime Air".
As of June 2018, Amazon Air had 20 of its 33 cargo planes based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (KCVG), with the rest flying point-to-point transit routes across the United States. Amazon Air was to move into office space at the former Comair headquarters by March 2018.
Amazon leased 10 additional Boeing 767-300 planes from ATSG in December 2018.
Amazon has completed a new regional air hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (KAFW) and does not airlift third-party packages. The new regional hub began operating on October 2, 2019.
For 2019 and 2020, Amazon has committed to leasing 10 additional 767-300 aircraft from Air Transport Services Group, which would bring active aircraft to a total of 50. Phase one of the CVG sort facility, encompassing 440 acres (180 ha) is scheduled for completion in 2020, while the remaining 479 acres (194 ha) will be developed by 2025–2027 during phase two. Amazon eventually plans to have over 100 aircraft based at CVG with over 200 daily flights and 15,000 employees.
In July 2020, Amazon Air had secured up to six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Shell Aviation and produced by World Energy.
In September 2020, Amazon committed to buy four aircraft under their own operations. These are the first aircraft the company will own rather than lease. The four 767-300 aircraft were previously under the ownership of WestJet, who purchased them from Qantas in 2015. In January 2021, with passenger air traffic severely depressed and cargo traffic higher due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon announced it had completed the purchase of 11 Boeing 767-300s from Delta Air Lines and WestJet.
In March 2021, Amazon exercised its warrants to acquire a minority stake in Air Transport Services Group, the parent company of Amazon Air sub-lessor Air Transport International. The deal was valued at $131 million for 13.5 million shares in the company. Amazon also holds warrants to acquire a minority stake in Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, the parent company of Atlas Air.
The primary function of Amazon Air is to transport Amazon packages from distant fulfillment centers that are outside of Amazon's local ground linehaul network for a specific area. Once the buyer's order is flown from the distant fulfillment center to the buyer's region, it is either transported to the regional Amazon Sortation Center for last mile delivery either by Amazon Logistics or the United States Postal Service, or directly to the local Amazon Delivery Station for last mile delivery by Amazon Logistics.
Amazon Air flies scheduled flights to the following destinations:
|Country||City||IATA code||ICAO code||Airport||Notes|
|France||Paris||CDG||LFPG||Charles de Gaulle Airport|
|Germany||Cologne||CGN||EDDK||Cologne Bonn Airport|
|Italy||Cagliari||CAG||LIEE||Cagliari Elmas Airport|||
|Italy||Milan||MXP||LIMC||Milan Malpensa Airport|
|Italy||Rome||FCO||LIRF||Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport|||
|Spain||Barcelona||BCN||LEBL||Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport|
|Spain||Madrid||MAD||LEMD||Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport|
|United Kingdom||Castle Donington||EMA||EGNX||East Midlands Airport|
|United Kingdom||London||SEN||EGMC||London Southend Airport|
|United States (Alaska)||Anchorage||ANC||PANC||Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport|||
|United States (Alaska)||Fairbanks||FAI||PAFA||Fairbanks International Airport|||
|United States (Arizona)||Phoenix||PHX||KPHX||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport|
|United States (California)||Los Angeles||LAX||KLAX||Los Angeles International Airport|||
|United States (California)||Ontario||ONT||KONT||Ontario International Airport|||
|United States (California)||Riverside||RIV||KRIV||March Air Reserve Base|||
|United States (California)||Sacramento||SMF||KSMF||Sacramento International Airport|
|United States (California)||San Bernardino||SBD||KSBD||San Bernardino International Airport|||
|United States (California)||San Francisco||SFO||KSFO||San Francisco International Airport|||
|United States (California)||Stockton||SCK||KSCK||Stockton Metropolitan Airport|
|United States (Colorado)||Denver||DEN||KDEN||Denver International Airport|
|United States (Connecticut)||Hartford||BDL||KBDL||Bradley International Airport|
|United States (Florida)||Miami||MIA||KMIA||Miami International Airport|
|United States (Florida)||Lakeland||LAL||KLAL||Lakeland Linder International Airport|||
|United States (Florida)||Tampa||TPA||KTPA||Tampa International Airport|||
|United States (Georgia)||Atlanta||ATL||KATL||Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport|||
|United States (Hawaii)||Honolulu||HNL||PHNL||Daniel K. Inouye International Airport|
|United States (Hawaii)||Kahului/Maui||OGG||PHOG||Kahului Airport|
|United States (Hawaii)||Kona||KOA||PHKO||Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole|||
|United States (Idaho)||Boise||BOI||KBOI||Boise Airport|
|United States (Illinois)||Chicago||ORD||KORD||Chicago O'Hare International Airport|||
|United States (Illinois)||Chicago/Rockford||RFD||KRFD||Chicago Rockford International Airport|
|United States (Iowa)||Des Moines||DSM||KDSM||Des Moines International Airport|||
|United States (Kansas)||Wichita||ICT||KICT||Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport|||
|United States (Louisiana)||New Orleans||MSY||KMSY||Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport|||
|United States (Maryland)||Baltimore||BWI||KBWI||Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport|
|United States (Minnesota)||Minneapolis||MSP||KMSP||Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport|
|United States (Missouri)||Kansas City||MCI||KMCI||Kansas City International Airport||[non-primary source needed]|
|United States (Missouri)||St. Louis||STL||KSTL||St. Louis Lambert International Airport|||
|United States (Nebraska)||Omaha||OMA||KOMA||Eppley Airfield|||
|United States (New Jersey)||Newark||EWR||KEWR||Newark Liberty International Airport|||
|United States (New Mexico)||Albuquerque||ABQ||KABQ||Albuquerque International Sunport|
|United States (New York)||New York||JFK||KJFK||John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|United States (North Carolina)||Charlotte||CLT||KCLT||Charlotte Douglas International Airport|||
|United States (Ohio)||Toledo||TOL||KTOL||Toledo Express Airport|
|United States (Ohio)||Wilmington||ILN||KILN||Airborne Airpark|||
|United States (Ohio/Kentucky)||Cincinnati/Covington||CVG||KCVG||Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport|||
|United States (Oregon)||Portland||PDX||KPDX||Portland International Airport|
|United States (Pennsylvania)||Allentown||ABE||KABE||Lehigh Valley International Airport|||
|United States (Pennsylvania)||Pittsburgh||PIT||KPIT||Pittsburgh International Airport|||
|United States (Puerto Rico)||San Juan||SJU||TJSJ||Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport|||
|United States (Rhode Island)||Providence||PVD||KPVD||Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport|||
|United States (Tennessee)||Nashville||BNA||KBNA||Nashville International Airport|||
|United States (Texas)||Austin||AUS||KAUS||Austin-Bergstrom International Airport|
|United States (Texas)||Dallas/Fort Worth||DFW||KDFW||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport|
|United States (Texas)||Fort Worth||AFW||KAFW||Fort Worth Alliance Airport|
|United States (Texas)||Houston||IAH||KIAH||George Bush Intercontinental Airport|
|United States (Texas)||San Antonio||SKF||KSKF||Kelly Field|||
|United States (Virginia)||Richmond||RIC||KRIC||Richmond International Airport|
|United States (Washington)||Seattle/Tacoma||SEA||KSEA||Seattle–Tacoma International Airport|||
|United States (Washington)||Spokane||GEG||KGEG||Spokane International Airport|
Amazon Air uses ATR 72, Boeing 737 and Boeing 767 aircraft, all of which are operated by contracted partners including Atlas Air, Air Transport Services Group and ASL Aviation.
As of August 2022, the Amazon Air fleet consists of the following aircraft.
|Airbus A330-300P2F||—||—||10||Hawaiian Airlines||Deliveries begin late 2023.|
|ATR 72-500F||5||5||—||Silver Airways|
|Boeing 737-800(BCF)||26||8||—||Atlas Air|
|12||Sun Country Airlines|
|6||ASL Airlines Ireland|
|Boeing 767-200||12||6||—||Air Transport International|
|Boeing 767-300ER(BDSF/BCF)||54||33||8||Air Transport International||8 additional aircraft awaiting conversion or delivery to operator|
Amazon.com is negotiating to lease 20 Boeing 767 jets for its own air-delivery service, cargo-industry executives have told The Seattle Times. The online retail giant wants to build out its own cargo operations to avoid delays from carriers such as United Parcel Service, which have struggled to keep up with the rapid growth of e-commerce.
In conjunction with the commercial agreements, ATSG also has agreed to grant Amazon warrants to acquire, over a five-year period, up to 19.9 percent of ATSG's common shares at $9.73 per share, based on the closing price of ATSG common shares on Feb. 9, 2016.
Amazon will lease office space at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport while it shapes plans for its massive air cargo hub there.
In a massive economic win for Northern Kentucky and Gov. Matt Bevin, Amazon.com.com Inc. will build a $1.49 billion worldwide air services hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, airport officials said Tuesday. The Amazon Prime Air hub at CVG will be the company's largest in the world and add to the 10,000 employees the company already has in Kentucky.
Even though "Prime" isn't included in Amazon's latest references to its cargo air fleet, it looks as the company is sticking to its custom of using prime numbers as the tail numbers for its planes. So it's a good thing there's an unlimited supply of primes.
Days after FedEx CEO Frederick Smith dismissed the Amazon threat to its business during the company's earnings call, Amazon announced an expansion of its two-year-old Amazon Air operation, which will now add to its fleet 10 767-300 dedicated Amazon cargo aircraft. The planes are being leased from existing partner Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), which Amazon had previously tapped back in 2016 for 20 Boeing 767 freighter aircraft.
Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATSG), the leading provider of medium wide-body cargo aircraft leasing, air cargo transportation and related services, today announced agreements to lease and operate ten additional Boeing 767s for Amazon.com Services, Inc., to extend leases for twenty 767 aircraft ATSG currently provides to Amazon, and to extend the operating agreement through which ATSG's airlines operate those aircraft in the Amazon Air network.
Amazon has an update on its massive air cargo facility at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and it appears the online shipping behemoth could be operational -- or at least partially up and running here -- by 2020.
In addition to the Prime Air hub, an unnamed developer announced at a June Sanitation District meeting it wants to reserve sewage capacity for a 2.2 million square foot sortation building with 15,000 employees.
Amazon Prime Air is a planned system to deliver packages to customers using unmanned aerial vehicls (UAVs) or drones, but currently it uses a fleet of 21 Boeing 767-300ER freighters to carry packages between distribution centers. These 767s, converted from former passenger aircraft, are owned by Amazon but operated by Air Transport International (ATI; eight aircraft) and Atlas Air (13 aircraft).
Amazon Air is joining other cargo carriers at Ted Stevens International Airport. The move could mean faster delivery for Amazon Prime customers. The announcement was made Thursday on the airport's Facebook page. According to the Facebook post, the company will begin flight operations on June 27.
With CVG as the hub, Amazon Prime Air flights are operating from Ontario, California; San Antonio; Seattle; Tampa; and Charlotte among other spokes in the wheel. Few companies besides Amazon even boast the resources to go from zero aircraft to a major player in air cargo this quickly.
Five Amazon flights per day will be allowed at March Air Reserve Base, despite residents' fears that they'll again be subject to loud flights like those that disrupted sleep for three years. Airport officials voted Wednesday, Aug. 1, to OK the flights after consultants said the impact will be significantly smaller than the DHL flights that rattled residents from 2005 to 2008.
LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - Lakeland city commissioners gave their blessing to a project that is expected to bring considerable money and jobs to the city. They voted unanimously Monday to OK an Amazon sorting center at Lakeland Linder International Airport.
Amazon Air has launched cargo service to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The daily cargo flights began this week.
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More cargo flights will start landing at Lambert Airport soon, but will those planes deliver your online shopping order any faster? Airport commissioners this week approved contracts with two cargo airlines; each would operate daily flights using Boeing 767 aircraft. The city still must give final approval. ABX would begin service this month, while Air Transit International would commence in October.
WILMINGTON — Amazon is again preparing to land in Wilmington. The global e-commerce giant, which utilized the Wilmington Air Park beginning in 2016 in a pilot project — but announced the next year it would leave Clinton County for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport — announced Monday it is making a big return to Wilmington to "open a new air gateway" at the air park.
The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority on Tuesday agreed to begin what could be a more than $4 million project to build an additional cargo plane ramp at the airport before Amazon's Christmas rush hits in November.
We are excited to begin gateway operations today for @Amazon Air in San Juan, Puerto Rico, via @SunCountryAir . Welcome to the Amazon Air family, SJU!
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – A company that helps Amazon.com handle distribution in Rhode Island abruptly informed employees Friday it will shut down next month, Eyewitness News has learned. The Texas-based company, Pinnacle Logistics, will lay off 149 workers, according to a letter sent to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training by Mark Elsea, the company's chief operating officer. Pinnacle has had a busy warehouse operation at the Quonset Business Park and T.F. Green Airport.
On February 23, 2019, at 1239 central standard time, Atlas Air flight 3591, a Boeing 767-375BCF, N1217A, entered a rapid descent from 6,000 ft and impacted a marshy bay area about 40 miles southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas. The two pilots and one nonrevenue jumpseat pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed and highly fragmented. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 domestic cargo flight, which originated from Miami International Airport (KMIA), Miami, Florida, and was destined for KIAH.
A Boeing 767 has crashed into Trinity Bay shortly before 12:45 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert on Atlas Air Fight #5Y3591 after losing radar and radio contact with the plane approximately 30 miles southeast of Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The three people aboard the Amazon Prime Air cargo plane that crashed outside Houston have been confirmed dead, the plane's operator said Sunday. The Boeing 767 operated by Atlas Air was a scheduled cargo flight for Amazon from Miami to Houston on Saturday when it nosedived into a swampy area about 30 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.