Amazon to Lease 15 Boeing 737 Cargo Aircraft to Expand Amazon Air Network

Amazon.com (AMZN) said Tuesday it will lease 15 Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft as the e-commerce giant moves to increase its capacity at its Amazon Air cargo operation.

The eCommerce company said that it would lease the aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services. Amazon earlier this year announced it would lease five 737-800s from the General Electric (GE) unit.

“These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day Program,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. “By 2021, Amazon Air will have a portfolio of 70 aircraft flying in our dedicated air network.”

Amazon has said that its Amazon Air operation transports hundreds of thousands of parcels daily. It plans to open new facilities at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas, Wilmington Air Park in Ohio, and Chicago Rockford International Airport this year. Amazon Air’s main hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is due to open in 2021, the company said.

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