Amazon continues on its aircraft roll, partnering with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease an additional fifteen B737-800 freighters bringing its total fleet up to 70 aircraft by 2021. The announcement, in addition to the five B737-800’s already leased from GECAS and announced earlier this year, was made at the Paris Airshow.
The aircraft will fly in the domestic US market out of the more than 20 air gateways in the Amazon Air network.
“These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day program,” says Dave Clark, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations at Amazon.
“By 2021, Amazon Air will have a portfolio of 70 aircraft flying in our dedicated air network.”
“We’re delighted to support Amazon Air’s dedicated air network,” adds Richard Greener, GECAS Cargo’s senior vice president. “The capability of the B737-800 freighter will further Amazon’s ability to provide reliable and regional delivery to its customers for years to come.”
Launching the 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion programme in 2016 and delivering the inaugural Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) less than one year ago, GECAS has plans to convert at least 50 of this type, providing the capacity for the growing need for cargo air transport fuelled by e-commerce.
The aircraft are equipped with a rigid cargo barrier and have 12 main deck pallet positions. The aircraft have a maximum structural payload of 23,500 kg and a maximum range of over 2,100 nautical miles.