Amazon Prime Air, the online shopping site’s airline, has just launched freight operations at its first-ever regional air hub in Europe, at Leipzig-Halle Airport in Germany.
The 20,000 m² Amazon Prime Air hub has already started to support customer deliveries with two daily flights. Its opening has created 200 new jobs, in addition to the 1,500 people already stationed in Leipzig, says parent company Amazon, which recently passed the milestone of one million employees worldwide.
Amazon Prime Air leased two Boeing 737-800s from GECAS to permanently base them in Leipzig-Halle. The two converted 100% cargo single aisles are operated by ASL Airlines on behalf of Amazon Air in Europe. They are part of Amazon Prime Air’s existing fleet of more than 70 aircraft operating within its global network.
“We have worked hard to build and train a team to build our air cargo network in the region while maintaining a safe working environment. Our aim is to ensure that we are able to meet the changing needs of customers during this difficult time and beyond, ”says Dietmar Jüngling, manager of truck-to-aircraft transfer operations at the Leipzig site.
Jeff Bezos’s company already has cargo centers at airports in Texas, Florida and the island of Puerto Rico. After having obtained the green light from the FAA (the American civil aviation authorities) to deploy a drone delivery service in the United States, Amazon Prime Air’s ambitions for 2021 concern the creation of two new air hubs, one at San Bernardino Airport in California, and the other at Cincinnati Airport in Kentucky.