Top 10 air cargo stories of 2019

Following a year of ups and downs, it can be useful to pause for a look back to gain some perspective and anticipate the trends that may dominate the year ahead. In this final list of the year, we at Air Cargo World invite our readers to join us in reflecting on those stories that dominated the […]

Amazon adds third carrier in Sun Country Air, fleet could near 100 by 2021

Minneapolis-based low-cost carrier Sun Country Air has agreed to operate ten 737-800BCFs on a CMI-basis for Amazon for a period of six years. The carrier will become Amazon’s third ACMI operator in the United States after Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Amazon will lease all ten 737-800BCFs from GECAS, and transfer […]

Consultant Insight: Amazon’s logistics network gets the holiday hiccups

Amazon began the holiday season strong by announcing that Cyber Monday was its single biggest shopping day in the company’s history, based on the number of items ordered worldwide. Meanwhile, company leadership stressed the focus on catering to increasing e-commerce sales, with Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke saying, “We’re focused on making this holiday season […]

Amazon opens new Chicago Rockford Airport facility

Monday marked the ceremonial opening of a new 200,000-square-foot Amazon facility at Chicago Rockford Airport (RFD), the airport’s director of business development and cargo, Ken Ryan, told Air Cargo World. News of the expansion at the Chicago airport came late last year when RFD confirmed Amazon would more than double its footprint there. Amazon Air had […]

Amazon Air launches daily service to ATL

Daily Amazon Air flights to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL) began last week on Sept. 12, ATL confirmed to Air Cargo World. The inaugural service was operated by ABX Air, a subsidiary carrier of Air Transport Services Group, using a 767-200 freighter. Amazon Air flights also began operating at St. Louis Airport (STL) last week, while […]

Amazon Air begins ops at gateway airports, moves some 767F ops away from Atlas Air

Amazon Air flights began operating at St. Louis Airport (STL) as of yesterday, as can be seen in the tweet from the airport below. According to flight tracking software, the flight, operated by Air Transport Services Group carrier ABX Air, departed from Baltimore (BWI) and continued to Ontario (ONT). https://twitter.com/flystl/status/1172192616349347840?s=20 STL is not the only […]

Amazon’s Dallas-area regional hub ready for October opening

Amazon announced today that its Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) will open in October. The new hub, which was announced last December, is designed as a build-to-suit facility and is intended to support the carrier’s “larger-scale regional needs,” such as sortation operations and multiple flights a day.   The facility is the “first airport […]

Trade war bites into Atlas’ 2019 income

During its earnings call today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings CEO William Flynn revealed that “revenue and earnings in the second quarter were below our expectations, as air cargo volumes and yields were affected in the near term by the widely reported impact of tariffs and trade tensions.” The situation is unlikely to improve in the […]

Amazon launches Anchorage flights 

Amazon Air will begin flights to Anchorage International Airport (ANC) later this week, on June 27. According to a post ANC published on Twitter last week, Amazon Air will operate daily services to the airport utilizing its 767 freighter network.  The e-tailer will operate out of ANC’s Kulis Business Park, south of the airport’s east-west runways, according to the post.  While the move further expands […]

Amazon Air to grow to 70 aircraft by 2021

Shortly after FedEx announced it would not be renewing its express delivery contract with e-tail giant Amazon, Amazon signed an order for 15 additional narrowbody 737 freighters via lessor GECAS at the Paris Air Show today. “These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day program,” […]

Growing Amazon Air operation supports expansion of next-day deliveries

Amazon announced this week that it will be expanding the number of items included in its free one-day shipping program for Prime members in the United States to 10 million SKUs. In recent years, the e-tailer has invested heavily in its Prime delivery program, and delivery speed has increased as a result. The scale of […]

Amazon to break ground on CVG hub next week

Amazon will break ground on its new Amazon Air cargo hub at Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on May 14, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed today. Amazon’s $1.5 billion CVG cargo hub will be located on a 1,100-acre plot of land, similar in size to other global hubs for major integrators, such as FedEx’s 900-acre Memphis […]

First Amazon 737-800s enter commercial service

Atlas Air Worldwide’s subsidiary carrier Southern Air today put two 737-800BCFs into service on a CMI basis for Amazon Air. The two aircraft (32882 and 32611) are among at least five 737-800BCFs that Southern Air will begin flying for Amazon in 2019. Breaking away from a pattern of what appear to be test flights between […]

Atlas Air to fly 737-800Fs for Amazon in the U.S.

The operator of the 737-800BCFs joining the Amazon Air fleet was revealed this morning to be Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carrier, Southern Air. According to an 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, five 737-800Fs will be placed into service for Amazon this year.  Atlas said in a statement that Amazon will lease […]
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