Atlas Air to operate 20 B767-300 freighters for Amazon

Under the long-term agreements announced today Atlas will, starting in the second half of this year, operate 20 B767-300 converted freighters for Amazon on a CMI (crew, maintenance and insurance) basis by the group’s airline subsidiary Atlas Air.


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Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has become the latest aviation partner of e-commerce retailing giant Amazon with an agreement to operate 20 freighters on behalf of the company which will take up as much as a 30 per cent share in Atlas.

Under the long-term agreements announced today Atlas will, starting in the second half of this year, operate 20 B767-300 converted freighters for Amazon on a CMI (crew, maintenance and insurance) basis by the group’s airline subsidiary Atlas Air, as well as dry leasing by its Titan Aviation leasing unit.

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 term of 10 years). Operations under the agreements are expected to begin in the second half of 2016 and ramp up to full service through 2018.

Atlas Air B767 Currently Atlas Air’s fleet includes only five B767-200Fs which raises the question of where it will acquire the remainder, with industry watchers expecting them to be converted aircraft.

“We are excited to begin a strategic long-term relationship with Amazon to support the continuing expansion of its e-commerce business and to enhance its customer delivery capabilities,” said president and CEO William J. Flynn. “We appreciate Amazon’s confidence in our capabilities, global scale and operating excellence,” he added.