E-commerce giant Amazon expands its cargo fleet

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Seattle - The Seattle-based American e-commerce company Amazon adds ten Boeing 767-300 more, bringing its cargo fleet to 50 aircraft.

Amazon.com has expanded its partnership with aircraft leasing company Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) to strengthen its online retail business. According to the new agreement, Amazon will lease ten additional Boeing 767-300 cargo plane from ATSG to support its delivery services.

In addition to 20 Boeing 767 aircraft ordered in 2016 from ATSG, the new cargo aircraft will join the Amazon's fleet over the next two years. Before the announcement, the total number of aircraft in the retailer's fleet was forty. This number will increase to fifty upon the arrival of newly ordered planes.

Amazon's current fleet of 40 aircraft makes stops at more than 20 airports and play an important role in Amazon's ability to deliver on its two-day fast shipping promise for Premium members, explains Amazon.

The news of the Amazon deal comes days after an article published in the Seattle Times that Air Transport Services Group would buy 20 second-hand Boeing 767 that American Airlines will take out of service over the next three years.

Amazon Air (formerly Amazon Prime Air), is a Hebron, Kentucky based cargo airline used for Amazon's delivery services. In December 2015, Amazon announced that it would launch its own freight operator in order to expand its shipping capacity.

In early 2016, the American online retailer began scheduled operations as "Amazon Prime Air" with 20 Boeing 767 aircraft.

In late 2017, the company was rebranded as "Amazon Air" to prevent confusion with Amazon's "Prime Air" drone delivery service.