NTSB hints at ‘pilot error’ as contributor to Atlas 767F crash

Although the investigation into the fatal crash of Atlas Air Flight 3591 is months away from a conclusion, a story last Friday in the Wall Street Journal said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suspect “pilot error,” rather than equipment malfunction, may have “inadvertently” contributed to the accident that occurred outside on Houston. […]

First glimpse of Amazon Air 737-800BCF seen in China

A Boeing-converted 737-800BCF was spotted in China this week sporting an Amazon Air “Prime Air” livery similar to what is customarily associated with what emblazons the e-tailer’s 767F network, a clear indication the operation will soon add a new fleet type. For more on this story, see coverage in our sister publication, Cargo Facts. Please […]

Sudden descent of Atlas Flight 3591 still a mystery in fatal Houston crash

After a grim Sunday morning spent sifting through the wreckage of Flight 3591 in the marshes outside of Houston, crash investigators shifted their focus from search-and-rescue to recovery, as all three crewmembers on board the Atlas Air Worldwide aircraft were confirmed dead following the Saturday afternoon crash. The aircraft was nearing the end of a […]

Three feared dead in Amazon Air 767F crash near Houston

Three people are presumed dead today in the crash of 767-300F aircraft, operated by Atlas Air Worldwide on behalf of Amazon Air. The accident occurred at about 12:45 p.m. local time near the town of Anahuac, Texas, outside Houston, as the freighter was making a final approach to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), en route […]

Amazon tacitly admits in 10-K that integrators are now competitors

As Amazon continues its meteoric rise into the e-commerce stratosphere, the company’s relationship with the well-established integrators, like FedEx, UPS and DHL, have been relatively cordial, as Amazon has long relied on the express companies’ vast networks of last-mile options to deliver goods in a timely fashion. However, according to the latest annual Form 10-K […]

The top 10 most-read Air Cargo World articles in 2018

With 2019 just a few days away, we at Air Cargo World would like to pause to reflect on this mostly positive but tumultuous year in air cargo – a year of airfreight traffic booms, labor concerns and a strong peak season, tempered by the chill winds of global protectionism and looming Brexit worries for […]

Freighter race heats up during holiday cool-down

Today, as Air Cargo World pauses to celebrate the season with families and other loved ones, and supply-chain stakeholders breathe sighs of relief after the last of the Christmas packages complete their final-mile deliveries, it appears that the freighter market is just getting warmed up. As reported yesterday in our sister publication, Cargo Facts, China-based […]

Amazon Air fleet to expand to 50 freighters

Amazon agreed to lease ten additional freighter-converted 767-300Fs from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) over the next two years to support the growth of its dedicated freighter network, the e-commerce giant announced today. The aircraft will be leased by ATSG’s leasing subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), and operated on Amazon’s behalf by an ATSG affiliate carrier […]

Amazon Air adds DFW area to hub network

Amazon Air has introduced another piece to the puzzle that is its growing network of regional hubs with yesterday’s announcement of the Alliance Fort Worth Airport (AFW) as its newest location. This is the third in the series of staggered announcements from the e-commerce giant that have taken place over the past few weeks, following […]

Amazon Air increases presence at Chicago’s Rockford Airport

It is becoming apparent that Amazon’s strategy for growing its air cargo operation includes diversifying its U.S. operations network beyond the gates of the growing hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). This week, Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) said that the e-commerce giant plans to more than double its footprint at the airport and bump […]

Could expanding Amazon Air fleet pose challenge to FedEx, UPS?

According to a research note released this morning from Morgan Stanley, the consensus view in the e-commerce business is that Amazon is likely to continue expanding its freighter fleet beyond the fortieth 767-300F delivered last month. Amazon has made substantial investments in developing its last-mile delivery capabilities in the US and elsewhere, and 2018 has seen […]

The Ace of Amazon Air: Sarah Rhoads

Actions rather than words Since its humble beginning in 1994, nearly a quarter-century ago, Amazon has been reluctant to give up its secrets or comment on its future ambitions. The same is true for Amazon Air, which was founded in 2016 as the e-tailer’s air delivery arm. Strolling inside the other-worldly, triple-lobed glass-and-steel domes called […]

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Giving back is the better part of valor

One aspect of the director job at Amazon Air that Sarah Rhoads said she enjoys the most is being able to use the wide-ranging logistics network to help out communities and those less fortunate than herself. For instance, in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in […]
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