Amazon confirms flights out of Wilmington Air Park, announces deal

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WILMINGTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Amazon has announced a new operation which will fly cargo in and out of the Wilmington Air Park.

On Wednesday, Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc., confirmed the deal with Air Transportation Services Group.

“Since last summer, we have been working closely with Amazon to demonstrate that a dedicated, fully customized air cargo network can be a strong supplement to existing transportation and distribution resources,” said Joe Hete, President and CEO of ATSG in a statement. “We are excited to serve Amazon customers by providing additional air cargo capacity and logistics support to ensure great shipping speeds for customers.”

The deal will include Amazon leasing 20 Boeing 767’s from ATSG with the company also providing gateway and logistics services. The leases on the aircraft will last five to seven years with aircraft operation deals lasting five years.

The announcement comes after months of speculation regarding increased activity at the Wilmington Air Park. At the time, an announced company was leasing planes from ATSG which made daily flights in and out of the Clinton County airport.

Wilmington Air Park had drastically cut back flights after DHL pulled out of the airport back in 2008, taking with it more than 8,000 jobs.

The rumors were also fueled by reports Amazon was considering to provide its own shipping in competition to UPS, FedEx, and USPS.

“We offer Earth’s largest selection, great prices and ultra-fast delivery promises to a growing group of Prime members and we’re excited to supplement our existing delivery network with a great new provider, ATSG,” Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Customer Service for Amazon.

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