Amazon Air adds 10 Airbus A330-300s

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Amazon is leasing new aircraft and adding a new partner to its Amazon Air delivery network.

The e-tail giant is leasing 10 Airbus A330-300s through aircraft lessor Altavair. The aircraft, which will be maintained and operated by new Amazon Air partner Hawaiian Airlines, and are scheduled to take flight in late 2023.

During the past two years, the company has added more aircraft to its global fleet, which currently features more than 110 planes.

Amazon Air has been operating a fleet of Boeing aircraft, and this is for the first time that the e-commerce giant is inducting aircraft from Airbus.

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Amazon Air has been operating a fleet of Boeing aircraft.

“The endorsement of our freighters by Amazon speaks volumes about the market value of the A330 and the position Airbus wide-bodies are gaining in the cargo market.

Amazon has built a reputation around delivering their goods to our doorsteps with extraordinary speed and consistency, and we’re very proud that our aircraft are trusted to become a key link in that remarkable logistics chain.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

Airbus has noted that the aircraft are currently being transformed from passenger units to freighters by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW).

The 10 leased Airbus A330-300s will be the first A330 freighter conversions to operate in the U.S. when they enter the Amazon Air network in late 2023.

At the same time, the company will also begin phasing out some older aircraft whose tenure are nearing expiration. In addition, the new Airbus A330-300s will also be the newest and largest aircraft flown by Amazon Air.

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The first of their A330-300P2F aircraft is expected to join the Amazon Air fleet in late 2023.

“These A330s will not only be the first of their kind in our fleet, but they’ll also be the newest, largest aircraft for Amazon Air, allowing us to deliver more customer packages with each flight.

Additionally, we are bringing on a new partner, Hawaiian Airlines, which will maintain and operate these aircraft on our behalf.”

Sarah Rhoads, VP, Amazon Global Air, said in a corporate blog post.

Amazon operated its own budding air fleet since 2016. During the onset of the pandemic, they reportedly leased 12 Boeing 767-300 cargo aircraft for a total of more than 80 aircraft in its fleet. Now, Amazon Air’s global network of planes totals more than 110. Rather than add to that number, Amazon said the new Airbus editions are meant to phase out older models still operating in its fleet.

With inputs from chainstoreage.