Amazon to lease cargo planes from Atlas Air Worldwide for package deliveries

5 May 2016 (Last Updated May 5th, 2016 18:30)

US-based Atlas Air Worldwide has agreed to provide air cargo services to support Amazon's delivery service.

US-based Atlas Air Worldwide has agreed to provide air cargo services to support Amazon’s delivery service.

Under the agreement, Amazon will lease 20 Boeing 767-300 converted freighters on a crew, maintenance and insurance (CMI) basis from Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide.

The term of CMI operations will be for seven years.

"We appreciate Amazon’s confidence in our capabilities, global scale and operating excellence."

The deal also includes dry leasing by Atlas Air Worldwide’s Titan Aviation leasing unit for a period of ten years.

Operations will go into effect in the second half of this year, and extend to full service through 2018.

Atlas Air Worldwide president and CEO William Flynn said: "We appreciate Amazon’s confidence in our capabilities, global scale and operating excellence."

Amazon worldwide operations senior vice-president Dave Clark said: "We are excited to welcome a great provider, Atlas Air, to support package delivery to the rapidly growing number of Prime members who love ultra-fast delivery, great prices and vast selection from Amazon."

The deal also gives Amazon the right to buy up to 20% of Atlas Air’s common shares.

In March, Amazon signed a similar deal with US-based Air Transport Services Group to lease 20 Boeing 767 widebody freighter aircraft for its one and two-day delivery services in the country.