AmazonAmazon Air’s flight activity had grown by 17% in the past six months, to 164 flights per day concentrated in North America.
Seven Buildings, 600 Acres
The 600-acre campus will feature seven buildings, an expansive ramp for aircraft parking and a multi-story vehicle parking garage. The sortation building is equipped with technology to help sort and move packages, such as robotic arms and mobile drive units to transport packages across the building. Credit: Amazon
The 800,000 sq. ft. air cargo hub will create a variety of more than 2,000 jobs in the Greater Cincinnati region, such as in load planning, management of package sorting and robotics technology. “Wonderful communities and diverse teams like this are the heart and soul of our operations,” says Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air. “We’re excited to get rolling in Northern Kentucky.” Credit: Amazon
A Dozen Daily Flights
By the end of 2021, the facility will operate a dozen daily flights and process “millions of packages” per week, according to VP of Amazon Global Air Sarah Rhodes. Credit: Amazon
Amazon has been steadily expanding the size of its fleet during the pandemic. In January, Amazon leased 11 used Boeing 767-300s from Delta Air Lines and WestJet. Between May and July, the company leased a further 12 767 freighters from ATSG, growing its fleet to more than 80 aircraft. Credit: Amazon
Overview: Amazon Air has formally launched operations at its new U.S. 8,00,000 sq. ft. hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Amazon broke ground on the facility in 2019.
Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.