In a move that surprised no one, Amazon officially unveiled Prime Air last night. Prime Air is the name given to the company’s fleet of 767 freighters. The used freighters have been acquired to expand Amazon’s ability to deliver its massive offering of services to its customers faster.
The plan for Prime Air involves up to 40 aircraft. It’s important to note that Amazon will not actually become an airline. The aircraft will be operated by Atlas Air and ATSG on behalf of Amazon.
There are a couple of interesting facts about this first Prime Air aircraft. First, the tail number is N1997A which is undoubtedly a nod to the year Amazon was founded. Additionally, there is a large Amazon logo on the belly of the aircraft similar to Delta or Emirates belly logos. The aircraft is a former Atlas Air aircraft that was built in 1992. It also flew for Sobelair, Kenya Airways, Vietnam Airlines, and Air Europa.