Amazon Air takes off in Wichita with delivery

Amazon Air recently expanded its Kansas network with a regional gateway at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport that will offer express delivery to Prime customers in the area, according to a FreightWaves report Friday, January 21.

The private airline launched its daily cargo service between Wichita and its regional hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas on Thursday (January 20), the report said. Amazon Air flights are operated by Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based regional airline Silver Airways using an ATR72-500 turboprop aircraft.

Silver Airways operates passenger service in the southeastern United States, the Bahamas and the Caribbean with small propeller planes and seaplanes. The airline began its contract with Amazon in November in the Des Moines, Iowa and Albuquerque, NM areas from Alliance Airport.

Atlas Air, ABX Air of the Air Transport Services group and Air Transport International, Sun Country and ASL Airlines in Europe are the other airlines in the Amazon Air fleet.

The Wichita Airport Authority has leased 10,691 square feet in its cargo terminal to Trego-Dugan Aviation, Amazon’s package sorting and loading contractor, the report said. PrimeFlight Aviation will also lease 1,470 square feet to provide de-icing services, the FreightWaves report says. The airport has access to Interstate 235 and a state road.

Amazon has a 1 million square foot fulfillment center in Park City, Kansas, and a 140,000 square foot delivery station in the northeast part of Wichita. Amazon Air flies to more than 45 airports within 100 miles of more than 70% of the population, including 10 new destinations and 24 aircraft added in the past year.

Amazon Air opened its main parcel hub, a $1.5 billion facility, at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in August.

Related: Amazon takes minority stake in air cargo partner

Ahead of the launch of Amazon Air, Amazon purchased a minority stake for about $132 million in stock (13.5 million shares) in Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) in March.

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