Amazon takes delivery of its twentieth B767-300 converted freighter from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, named ‘Valor’, ahead of the peak holiday season to serve its growing customer demand.
The aircraft is the 40th B767-300 converted freighter delivered to Amazon, just over two years after the e-commerce company announced that a 40-freighter fleet would be the back-bone of its own-operated fleet. Atlas operates 20 while the remaining 20 freighters in the network are operated by Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) subsidiary carriers, ATI International and ABX Air.
“Our delivery of 20 aircraft to Amazon over the last 28 months is a significant achievement,” said William J. Flynn, president and chief executive officer. “It is an accomplishment that we are very proud of and for which our employees worked hard. We appreciate Amazon’s confidence in our capabilities, global scale and operating excellence.”
“E-commerce is the fastest growing air cargo segment, and we are excited to continue our partnership with Amazon as it delivers innovative service to its customers.”
Under long-term commercial agreements announced in 2016, Atlas Air Worldwide’s airline subsidiary, Atlas Air, Inc., operates the aircraft for Amazon on a CMI (crew, maintenance and insurance) basis and its leasing unit, Titan Aviation, dry leases the aircraft to Amazon.
The aircraft entered into Amazon’s domestic air network ahead of the peak holiday season to serve its growing customer demand, Atlas says.
Amazon has strategic partnerships with and purchased warrants in both Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and Air Transport Services Group Inc. (ATSG).