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Amazon has publicly confirmed its air cargo programme, announcing that it will lease 20 Boeing 767 jets from the Air Transportation Services Group out of Wilmington, Ohio. The lease will last five to seven years.

Amazon’s spokesewoman stated that the planes would be used in the US to support growth rather than replacing existing logistics partners such as UPS and FedEx—in particular, the growth of Amazon Prime, for which the company has also begun to use its own fleet of last-mile delivery drivers.

But the leased planes are also able to fly internationally, according to the Air Transportation Services Group.

Amazon has the option to buy one fifth of the shares in ATSG, as part of the deal.

(Source: Financial Times)

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