Amazon’s Prime Air is ready for its closeup in Seattle [VIDEO]

A99Q0162After yesterday’s unveiling of Amazon’s new “Prime Air” livery for the 767 freighters it is leasing from Atlas Air and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), the Seattle area is preparing for the aircraft’s expected fly-by in the city’s annual Seafair celebration this weekend, including an air show by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerobatics team.

Most of the forty 767 freighters in the Prime Air fleet will operate on a hub-and-spoke basis from the ATSG hub in Wilmington, but some will be used on point-to-point, north-south routes on the East and West Coasts of the United States, and some on east-west routes. Amazon officials said the 767 aircraft were chosen based on the belief that enough traffic was moving in Amazon’s US domestic logistics business to fill 40 such large freighters. However, the company remains open to the possible addition of smaller freighters in the future.

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As we leave you this weekend, we thought we’d share some more views of the first of these 767s in Amazon’s new fleet. Dubbed “Amazon One,” the first aircraft on display is a 767-300ER, operated by Atlas Air. Here’s a time-lapse video of the painting of Amazon One.

And here are some more lovely images of the new Amazon livery that will soon be a familiar sight over North American skies:

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Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations & Customer Service for Amazon, talks with David Harris, editor of Air Cargo World’s sister publication, Cargo Facts.

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