Amazon to lease another 15 737-800s from GECAS

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Amazon is continuing to invest in its aircraft fleet by signing a partnership to lease another 15 Boeing 737-800s from GECAS.

The deal was signed at the Paris Air Show, with the 15 aircraft coming in addition to the five 737-800s already leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

The aircraft will fly in the US out of more than 20 gateways in the Amazon Air network.

Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations at Amazon says: “These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day program. By 2021, Amazon Air will have a portfolio of 70 aircraft flying in our dedicated air network.”

Richard Greener, senior vice president of GECAS Cargo says: “We’re delighted to support Amazon Air’s dedicated air network. The capability of the 737-800 freighter will further Amazon’s ability to provide reliable and regional delivery to its customers for years to come.”

Amazon Air operations were launched in 2016 and will open air facilities at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Wilmington Air Park and Chicago Rockford International Airport this year.

The main air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will open in 2021.