Amazon Air

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Amazon Air
Amazon Prime Air
Founded2015; 4 years ago (2015)
Area served
United States

Amazon Air, formerly known as Amazon Prime Air, is a cargo airline operating exclusively to transport Amazon packages. By 2021, Amazon Air will have at least 70 cargo aircraft operating out of over 20 air gateways in the United States. It currently leases all of its aircraft from other cargo airlines.[1]

In 2017, it changed its name from Amazon Prime Air to Amazon Air to differentiate themselves from their eponymous drone delivery service. However, the Prime Air logo remains on the aircraft.[2]


In late 2015, Amazon began trial cargo runs out of Wilmington Air Park under the code name Project Aerosmith. In December 2015, Amazon announced that it would begin its own cargo airline to expand its capability.[3]

In March 2016, Amazon acquired options to buy up to 19.9 percent of Air Transport International's stock and began scheduled operations with 20 Boeing 767 aircraft.[4]

On January 31, 2017, Amazon announced that Amazon Air would make Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) its principal hub,[5] which began operations on April 30, 2017. Amazon received $40 million in tax incentives and plans to begin construction on a 920-acre (1.44 sq mi; 3.7 km2) facility with a three-million-square-foot (0.11 sq mi; 0.28 km2) sorting facility and parking space for over 100 cargo aircraft;[6] the project is estimated to cost $1.5 billion.[7]

In December 2017 the company, which was named Amazon Prime Air, announced its rebranding as Amazon Air to avoid confusion with the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service.[8]

As of June 2018, Amazon Air had 20 of its 33 cargo planes based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), with the rest flying point-to-point transit routes across the United States. Amazon Air was to move into office space at the former Comair headquarters by March 2018.[5]

Amazon leased 10 additional Boeing 767-300 planes from ATSG in December 2018.[9]

Amazon's utilization is 6–7 h per day, less than half than FedEx Express or UPS Airlines' 767s. From their respective hub, Amazon reaches fewer than 30 markets, some less than daily, while FedEx's network touched 130 markets multiple times per day, with little overlap in capacity, frequency or markets served. Amazon's shipping costs (sorting process, delivery center and transportation) rose from $11.5 to $27.7 billion between 2015 and 2018.

Amazon has completed a new regional air hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport and does not airlift third-party packages.[10]. The new regional hub will begin operation on October 2, 2019.

For 2019 and 2020, Amazon has committed to leasing 10 additional 767-300 aircraft from Air Transport Services Group.[11] This would bring active aircraft to a total of 50. Phase one of the CVG sort facility, encompassing 440 acres is scheduled for completion in 2020, while the remaining 479 acres will be developed by 2025–2027 during phase two.[12] Amazon eventually plans to have over 100 aircraft based at CVG with over 200 daily flights[6] and 15,000 employees.[13]


Three Amazon Air 767s at Tampa International Airport

Amazon Air flies scheduled flights to the following destinations:[14]

Hubs/Focus Cities
Future Destinations
Terminated Destinations
City State IATA Airport Start Date Notes
Allentown Pennsylvania ABE Lehigh Valley International Airport 2016 [15]
Anchorage Alaska ANC Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport 2019 [16]
Atlanta Georgia ATL Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport 2019 [17]
Baltimore Maryland BWI Baltimore–Washington International Airport 2017
Charlotte North Carolina CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport 2016 [18]
Chicago Illinois RFD Chicago Rockford International Airport 2016
Cincinnati/Hebron Kentucky CVG Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport 2017 [18]
Dallas/Fort Worth Texas DFW Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport 2016
Dallas/Fort Worth Texas AFW Fort Worth Alliance Airport 2019
Denver Colorado DEN Denver International Airport 2018
Hartford Connecticut BDL Bradley International Airport 2018
Honolulu Hawaii HNL Daniel K. Inouye International Airport 2018
Houston Texas IAH George Bush Intercontinental Airport 2017
Lakeland Florida LAL Lakeland Linder International Airport 2019 Announced [19]
Miami Florida MIA Miami International Airport 2017
Minneapolis Minnesota MSP Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport 2018
Ontario California ONT Ontario International Airport 2016 [18]
Phoenix Arizona PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 2016
Portland Oregon PDX Portland International Airport 2018
Providence Rhode Island PVD T. F. Green Airport 2017 ended July 31, 2018[20]
Riverside California RIV March Air Reserve Base 2018 [21]
Sacramento California SMF Sacramento International Airport 2017
St. Louis Missouri STL St. Louis Lambert International Airport 2019 [22]
San Antonio Texas SKF Lackland Air Force Base 2017 [18]
Seattle/Tacoma Washington SEA Seattle–Tacoma International Airport 2016 [18]
Stockton California SCK Stockton Metropolitan Airport 2016
Tampa Florida TPA Tampa International Airport 2016 [18]
Wilmington Ohio ILN Airborne Airpark 2016 resumes June 2019[23]


The airlines operating for Amazon Air use Boeing 737 and Boeing 767 aircraft, all operated by, Atlas Air, Air Transport Services Group, and Southern Air.[7]

Boeing 737-800BCF at Paris Air Show 2019
Amazon Air fleet[24][25]
Aircraft In
Orders Operator Notes
Boeing 737-800BCF 5 0 Southern Air 5 leased aircraft to be allocated to Amazon Air with possibly 15 additional orders in the future [26]
Boeing 767-200BDSF 6 0 ABX Air
6 0 Air Transport International
Boeing 767-300BDSF 10 8 Air Transport International 4 more to be leased in 2019 and 4 in 2020[27]
19 0 Atlas Air
Total 46 8

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  1. ^ Amazon Air Adds 15 More Leased Cargo Planes
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  3. ^ Greene, Jay; Dominic Gates (December 17, 2005). "Amazon in talks to lease Boeing jets to launch its own air-cargo business". The Seattle Times. Seattle, WA. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Kraatz, Nathan (March 9, 2016). "2nd Update: ATSG, Amazon, strike deal at Wilmington Air Park". The Times-Gazette. Hillsboro, OH. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b Engel, Liz (October 5, 2017). "Amazon latest: Company will lease office space at CVG". WCPO-TV. Cincinnati, Ohio. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b Wetterich, Chris; Erin Caproni (January 31, 2017). "Amazon to create $1.5B air hub at CVG". Cincinnati Business Courier. Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b Hammerand, Jim (December 28, 2017). "Amazon's Prime Air cargo jet fleet is bigger than ever and has a new name". Houston Business Journal. Houston, TX. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ Boyle, Alan (December 26, 2017). "Beyond Prime: Amazon Air gets a shorter name for Christmas, at least in the news". GeekWire. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  9. ^ Perez, Sarah (December 21, 2018). "Amazon Air expands with 10 more cargo aircraft, bringing fleet to 50 planes". TechCrunch.
  10. ^ Sean Broderick (Feb 13, 2019). "Amazon Air Seen As Little Threat To Incumbent Package Carriers". Aviation Week & Space Technology.
  11. ^ "ATSG : Air Transport Services Group, Inc". Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  12. ^ Engel, Liz (November 29, 2017). "Amazon facility on track to begin operations at CVG by 2020". WCPO-TV. Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  13. ^ McKee, Tom (November 3, 2017). "Experts: Amazon Prime Air could bring up to 15K jobs over time". WCPO-TV. Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Featured Map for 28 December 2017: Amazon Prime Air's Christmas Rush". Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  15. ^ "LVIA expanding to handle more Amazon planes". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
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  17. ^ "Amazon Air launches flights to Hartsfield-Jackson". Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Why Amazon Is Taking To The Skies". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Amazon sorting center approved for Lakeland Linder airport". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Amazon's distributor leaving RI for Hartford; 149 layoffs". Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Amazon Air cleared for 5 cargo flights a day from March Air Reserve Base". Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  22. ^ "More cargo flights at Lambert could mean getting your package faster". Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Amazon primed to land again at Wilmington Air Park". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 37.
  25. ^ Jamerson, Joshua. "Amazon Partners with Atlas Air Worldwide for Cargo Services". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Amazon confirms move into B737-800 freighters with Southern Air CMI deal". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  27. ^ Nick Wenzel (December 24, 2018). "Amazon Air to lease ten additional Boeing 767 freighters". International Flight Network. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  28. ^ Melanie Kraft with AIRLIVE contributors (February 23, 2019). "A Prime Air Boeing 767 has crashed into Trinity Bay near Houston Bush Airport". AIRLIVE. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  29. ^ Hughes, Trevor (February 24, 2019). "Three confirmed dead after Amazon Prime Air cargo plane crash in Texas". USA Today. Retrieved February 25, 2019.

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