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Amazon leases 12 more Boeing cargo planes for Amazon Air fleet

Amazon.com Inc.
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+0.24%

said late Wednesday it will lease 12 Boeing Co.’s
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767 jets that have been converted to cargo from Air Transport Services Group Inc.
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-2.66%
.
The planes join Amazon.com’s Amazon Air fleet of more than 80 cargo aircraft; one of the leased jets joined operations in May and the remaining 11 will be in service next year, Amazon said. “Amazon continues to adapt to meet the changing needs of customers by investing in ways to provide fast, free delivery,” and Amazon Air “has played a central role during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Amazon said in a statement. In the same statement, Amazon said it will open a new hub at the Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida later this summer and at the San Bernardino International Airport next year, along with its central hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport also in 2021. Shares of Amazon.com were flat in the extended session after ending the regular trading day up 0.2%.

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