Atlas Air Worldwide commences air transport service for Amazon

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Atlas Air Worldwide commences air transport service for Amazon

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Atlas Air Worldwide commences air transport service for Amazon

By Ofonime Essien

Prime Air

Amazon unveils its new “Prime Air” branded Boeing 767 airplane at Seafair over Lake Washington in Seattle on August 5, 2016. (Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced the inaugural flight of the first of 20 B767-300 converted freighters to be provided to Amazon to support the continuing expansion of Amazon’s e-commerce business and to enhance its customer delivery capabilities. The aircraft, the first in Amazon’s new “Prime Air” livery and named “Amazon One,” departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on August 10th and landed at the Wilmington Air Park Airport (ILN) in Wilmington, Ohio. Bearing tail number N1997A, a prime number recognizing both the year Amazon became public and its Prime members, this aircraft is the newest addition to AAWW’s portfolio of more than 80 aircraft.

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Under long-term commercial agreements previously announced, AAWW’s Titan Aviation leasing unit will dry lease the 20 B767-300s to Amazon. Its airline subsidiary Atlas Air will also operate the aircraft on a CMI (crew, maintenance and insurance) basis. The dry leases will have a term of 10 years, while the CMI operations will be for seven years (with extension provisions for a total of 10 years). Operations under the agreements are expected to ramp up to full service through 2018.

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Announcing, Amazon One, Dave Clark, Senior VP of Worldwide Operations, Amazon said,  “I’ve had the great pleasure to be on our operations teams for more than 17 years with a ringside seat to Amazon’s culture of innovating on behalf of customers. For much of that time our operations teams have been focused on our fulfillment centers and core supply chain processes, creating the capabilities required to enable the world’s largest selection with fast free shipping for Prime members”.

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He added, “Now, we see the same opportunity to innovate in transportation. I’m very excited to introduce Amazon One, a Boeing 767-300 that is our first ever Amazon branded plane which will serve customers by adding capacity to support one and two day package delivery in the US. Adding capacity for Prime members by developing a dedicated air cargo network ensures there is enough available capacity to provide customers with great selection, low prices and incredible shipping speeds for years to come. Over the next couple of years, we’ll roll out 40 planes just like this one”.


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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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