Amazon might want to call it a loyalty program.
A key Amazon official said today that the e-commerce company will remain loyal to its aviation partners flying Amazon Air aircraft and continue to run the cargo carrier with its current operational model.
“Things are going well,” Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air, said at a Wings Club event in New York about Amazon’s crew, maintenance and insurance (CMI) arrangements. “We’re sticking with that model right now.”
Amazon has about 100 aircraft that a cadre of CMI and ACMI providers fly on behalf of the company. ABX Air, Air Transport International, Atlas Air and Cargojet fly 767s for Amazon, while Sun Country Airlines, Atlas Air, ASL Airlines and Quikjet Airlines take care of Amazon’s 737 flying.
Silver Airways, meanwhile, is Amazon’s CMI provider for ATR 72s, and Hawaiian Airlines soon will fly A330s for Amazon.
“We are right where we need to be,” Rhoads said.
Amazon Air began leasing 767s in 2016 and is in the process of putting into service aircraft it purchased and converted on its own.
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