Amazon Air

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Amazon Air, Inc.
IntroducedNovember 1, 2015

Amazon Air, formerly known as Amazon Prime Air, is a cargo airline brand name for Amazon's freight delivery service based in Hebron, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, Ohio. Amazon operates the delivery service using its own branded aircraft operated by Air Transport International, ABX Air, and Atlas Air. Its primary hub is located at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.


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 in order to expand shipping capabilities.[1]

In March 2016, Amazon received options to purchase up to 19.9 percent of Air Transport International's stock and began scheduled operations with 20 Boeing 767 aircraft.[2]

On January 31, 2017, Amazon announced that Amazon Air would make Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport its principal hub,[3] which began operations on April 30, 2017. Amazon received $40 million in tax incentives and plans to begin construction on a 920-acre facility with a 3 million sq-ft sorting facility and parking space for over 100 cargo aircraft;[4] the project is estimated to cost $1.5 billion.[5]

In December 2017 the company, which had been known as Amazon Prime Air, announced its rebranding as Amazon Air to avoid confusion with Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery service.[6]


As of June 2018, Amazon has 20 of its 33 cargo planes based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, with the rest operating point to point routes across the United States. Amazon Air will move into office space at the former Comair headquarters by March 2018.[3] 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.[7] Amazon eventually plans to have over 100 aircraft based at CVG with over 200 daily flights[4] and 15,000 employees.[8]


Amazon Air flies scheduled flights to the following destinations:[9]

Hubs/Focus Cities
Future Destinations
Terminated Destinations
City State IATA Airport Start Date Notes
Allentown Pennsylvania ABE Lehigh Valley International Airport 2016 [10]
Baltimore Maryland BWI Baltimore–Washington International Airport 2017
Charlotte North Carolina CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport 2016 [11]
Chicago Illinois RFD Chicago Rockford International Airport 2016
Hebron Kentucky CVG Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport 2017 [11]
Dallas/Fort Worth Texas DFW Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport 2016
Denver Colorado DEN Denver International Airport 2018
Hartford Connecticut BDL Bradley International Airport 2018
Houston Texas IAH George Bush Intercontinental Airport 2017
Miami Florida MIA Miami International Airport 2017
Minneapolis Minnesota MSP Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport 2018
Ontario California ONT Ontario International Airport 2016 [11]
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[12]
Riverside California RIV March Air Reserve Base 2018 [13]
San Antonio Texas SKF Lackland Air Force Base 2017 [11]
Sacramento California SMF Sacramento International Airport 2017
Seattle/Tacoma Washington SEA Seattle–Tacoma International Airport 2016 [11]
Stockton California SCK Stockton Metropolitan Airport 2016
Tampa Florida TPA Tampa International Airport 2016 [11]
Wilmington Ohio ILN Airborne Airpark 2016 ended April 30, 2017[14]


The airlines operating for Amazon Air use Boeing 767 aircraft, all operated by Atlas Air and Air Transport Services Group.[5]

Amazon Air fleet[15][16]
Aircraft In
Orders Operator Notes
Boeing 767-200BDSF 6 0 ABX Air
6 0 Air Transport International
Boeing 767-300BDSF 8 0 Air Transport International
20 0 Atlas Air
Total 40 0


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Kraatz, Nathan (March 9, 2016). "2nd Update: ATSG, Amazon, strike deal at Wilmington Air Park". The Times-Gazette. Hillsboro, OH. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Engel, Liz (October 5, 2017). "Amazon latest: Company will lease office space at CVG". WCPO-TV. Cincinnati, Ohio. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Engel, Liz (November 29, 2017). "Amazon facility on track to begin operations at CVG by 2020". WCPO-TV. Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Featured Map for 28 December 2017: Amazon Prime Air's Christmas Rush". Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ "LVIA expanding to handle more Amazon planes". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Why Amazon Is Taking To The Skies". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Amazon's distributor leaving RI for Hartford; 149 layoffs". Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Amazon Air cleared for 5 cargo flights a day from March Air Reserve Base". Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Amazon chooses CVG over Wilmington airport to bring thousands of jobs". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 37. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  16. ^ Jamerson, Joshua. "Amazon Partners with Atlas Air Worldwide for Cargo Services". Retrieved 19 March 2018.

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