Amazon Confirms Plans with Air Transport Services Group

Posted on March 21, 2016 James Hinds aerospace news

Amazon recently began working with Wilmington-based carrier, Air Transport Services Group. With this partnership, there will be more business and flights for both the two parties. This is also beneficial in a sense that it could potentially lead to more job creation.

Joe Hete, president and chief executive of Air Transport Services Group is happy. He says, "Definitely it bodes well for Wilmington.

Since last fall in 2015, many suspected that Air Transport Services Group was working with Amazon to fly their cargo, but this wasn’t confirmed until recently during an announcement. It was confirmed Wednesday that Air Transport Services Group came to terms with Amazon Fulfillment Services to operate air cargo in order to deliver to Amazon customers that lived in the United States.

Amazon has a goal of improving its logistics in order to provide for more quick delivery as well as offering shipping services for Fulfilled by Amazon as opposed to trying to compete with other deliver carriers such as UPS and FedEx Corp.

There will be a lease of 20 Boeing 767 freighters from Air Transport Services Group. Here is what Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service says about the 20 planes.

"We offer Earth's largest selection, great prices and ultra-fast delivery promises to a growing group of Prime members and we're excited to supplement our existing delivery network with a great new provider, ATSG, by adding 20 planes to ensure air cargo capacity to support one and two-day delivery for customers."

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