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Air CargoNews

Amazon shifts two freighters from Atlas Air to ATSG operation

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has transferred flying responsibility for two leased Boeing 767-300 freighters from Atlas Air Worldwide to Air Transport International, a charter airline owned by Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), Amazon and ATSG officials confirmed.

Both companies lease and operate planes on behalf of the Amazon Air network, which the e-commerce giant launched in recent years to better meet one- and two-day delivery commitments for Prime members.

“We are constantly innovating on behalf of our customers, and from time to time that means making adjustments to our air network. Two aircraft previously assigned to Atlas will now be operated by another carrier,” Amazon spokeswoman Rena Lunak said in an email. 

ATSG spokesman Paul Cunningham confirmed in an email that ATI is getting the new business. ATSG carriers ATI and ABX Air operate more than 20 767 all-cargo planes for Amazon Air.

Industry newsletter Cargo Facts first reported the news of Amazon’s change in operators. It said Atlas’ leasing arm will continue to lease 19 planes to Amazon.

It’s unclear what prompted the change, but Amazon could be hedging its risk of any operational slowdown by Atlas Air pilots ahead of the peak holiday season. Pilots at both carriers are embroiled in tense labor negotiations, but the Atlas process is closer to the point where pilots can legally strike. Atlas Air has already experienced pilot attrition and work slowdowns that impacted its second-quarter earnings, as previously reported here.

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Eric Kulisch

Eric is the West Coast Air Cargo Reporter at FreightWaves. An award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering the logistics sector, Eric spent nearly two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Automotive News, where he focused on regulatory and policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, mobility, fuel economy and safety. He won a regional Gold Medal from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for government coverage, and was voted best for feature writing and commentary in the Trade/Newsletter category by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. As associate editor at American Shipper Magazine for more than a decade, he wrote about trade, freight transportation and supply chains. Eric is based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached for comments and tips at ekulisch@freightwaves.com

One Comment

  1. Hey Eric

    It’s sad that you’re a reporter for Freightwaves and either don’t know or are too lazy to figure out that ATI and ABX Air are two different companies within the ATSG portfolio. ATI is not “embroiled in tense labor negotiations” as your article implies. That would be ABX Air. So I wonder…moving airplanes to a carrier that has labor peace from one that doesn’t. Oh jeeze wonder what promoted the change…do a little research next time.

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