It was the inaugural flight of the first of 20 B767-300 converted freighters provided to Amazon to support the expansion of Amazon’s e-commerce air cargo network, Atlas said in a statement Aug. 11.
“The aircraft, the first in Amazon’s new ‘Prime Air’ livery and named ‘Amazon One,’ departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport yesterday morning and landed at the Wilmington Air Park Airport in Wilmington, Ohio,” Atlas’ statement said.
“We are excited to begin serving Amazon and its customers,” William Flynn, Atlas president and CEO, said in his company’s announcement. “Our first flight represents a significant milestone.”
A spokeswoman for Atlas said no one was available for comment beyond the company’s release.
A spokeswoman for Amazon also confirmed that Atlas will fly for her company to and from Wilmington.
“There is still much to be decided in terms of our operations but we’re excited to be increasing capacity for customers through our plane leases,” said Amazon spokeswoman Amanda Ip in response to a question from the Dayton Daily News about how many flights Amazon intended to fly to and through Wilmington.
The Dayton Daily News first reported Aug. 10 that Wilmington Air Park and Atlas were crafting an operating agreement to land flights at Wilmington.
Dan Evers, executive director of the Clinton County Port Authority, which owns the air park, said the port authority’s board approved that operating agreement between the air park and Atlas on Aug. 11. The agreement gives Atlas space at the facility.