Amazon Air, the global e-commerce conglomerate’s air cargo network, has leased 10 additional A330-300s, which will be converted from passenger planes to cargo planes.
This news comes as part of a deal between Amazon and Hawaiian Airlines, with the former agreeing to purchase 15% of the airline. Hawaiian Airlines will operate the 10 aircraft, which are being leased through Avaltair.
Peter Ingram, President and Chief Executive of Hawaiian Airlines, is enthusiastic about the collaboration saying: “We are excited to help serve Amazon customers by providing additional air cargo capacity and logistics support.”
Amazon Air currently consists of more than 110 aircraft, with Amazon intent on growing that fleet and expanding its network.
Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air said: “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.”
The planes are set to be in operation towards the end of 2023, being introduced gradually between 2023 and 2024.