Amazon Air, with its first owned B767-300, is set to expand operations. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) register shows that last week Amazon.com Services registered its first aircraft — a B767-300 (N503AZ). It also reserved four other registration numbers, though aircraft have not yet allocated these numbers, says reports.
Till date, the e-commerce giant, Amazon has successfully run its air cargo business only through lease deals with Atlas Air. ATSG and Sun Country. As per the aircraft tracking websites, the plane which was previously operated by WestJet was put into storage in March as it awaited conversion.
It was then temporarily moved to Lake City Municipal before being flown to Tel Aviv in September, suggesting conversion work will be carried out by IAI.
The online reported stated that a second WestJet B767 has been moved to Lake City, while it has two more in storage in Calgary. The B767-300 makes up the majority of the Amazon Air fleet of more than 50 aircraft, which also includes B737s.
As per the reports, the FAA also granted the company with an exemption to carry out tests of its MK27 drone through its Part 135 AOC. At present, Amazon is trying to get a certificate for the drone.