Hebron - Amazon Air confirmed that it would add up to 20 Boeing 737-800BCF. Southern Air will provide crew and maintenance services for the new planes.
The Boeing 737-800BCFs will be leased from a third party and sub-leased to Southern Air for a term of seven years with an extension option for three years.
The first five aircraft will join the fleet of American E-commerce giant in the current fiscal year. The company may add up to 15 more with Southern Air in its sole discretion, which would bring the Amazon Air's fleet to 50 aircraft by the end of May 31, 2021.
Compared with the current Boeing 767s in the company's fleet, the B737-800BCF has a lower cargo capacity - 23.9 tonnes against the 58 tonnes that of the Boeing 767.
The announcement came after a senior manager of the company posted a Boeing 737-800BCF picture converted to the freighter on his twitter account with the new blue livery.
The aircraft registered N851DM is owned by GECAS. It was previously operated by China Southern Airlines before it was converted to the freighter by STAECO a Boeing authorized Aircraft Engineering Company with facilities at the Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport, China.