Amazon launches air cargo arm in Europe

Amazon has confirmed the launch of air cargo operations in Europe as it looks to bring more freight operations in-house.

The online retailer has leased two branded Boeing 737-800 aircraft from GECAS that will be operated by ASL Airlines on behalf of Amazon Air, following the start of operations at its first-ever regional air hub in Europe this month at the Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Dietmar Jüngling, the former general manager of the Amazon fulfilment centre in Leipzig, will lead the expanded operation, commented: “We have been hard at work to build and train a team to build our air cargo network in the region while maintaining a safe working environment.

“Our objective is to ensure we are able to support the changing needs of customers during this challenging time and beyond.”

Goetz Ahmelmann, chief executive of airport operator Mitteldeutsche Flughafen, added: “We are delighted to have won another well-known logistics company for Leipzig/Halle Airport. Leipzig/Halle is clearly a very special hub in European freight traffic for Amazon Air.

“We have scored points in Central Germany with our exceptionally good infrastructure and our recognised expertise in airfreight. Leipzig/Halle is already number two in the German airfreight business and number five in Europe. We will invest heavily to expand our position. This will benefit the region, but also the whole of Germany as a business location.”

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