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Amazon leasing more Boeing 767 freighters

An Atlas Air Boeing 767-300, the type of aircraft it will use to ship Amazon orders following a new agreement with the Seattle-based online retailer.
An Atlas Air Boeing 767-300, the type of aircraft it will use to ship Amazon orders following a new agreement with the Seattle-based online retailer. Courtesy photo

Amazon.com wants to lease even more Boeing 767 Freighters.

The online retailer has struck an agreement with Atlas Air to operate 20 Boeing 767-300s — including providing flight crews, maintenance and insurance — for up to 10 years.

“We are excited to welcome a great provider, Atlas Air, to support package delivery to the rapidly growing number of Prime members who love ultra-fast delivery, great prices and vast selection from Amazon,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations,” in an Atlas Air news release.

Operations are expected to begin in the second half of 2016.

It is the second deal this year that Amazon has struck for air shipments using the 767, parts of which are manufactured by Spiri AeroSystems in Wichita.

In March the Seattle-based company struck a similar agreement with Air Transport Services Group.

Wichitans might recall the November 2013 landing of a wayward Boeing 747 Dreamlifter at Jabara Airport. That aircraft was piloted by an Atlas Air crew.

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