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Amazon, the Seattle based online retail giant has picked low-cost carrier Sun Country as its partner to help expand its package delivery business.
Based in Minneapolis, Sun Country Airlines which is owned by private equity firm Apollo Global Management said it will start flying a fleet of 10 Boeing 737-800 converted freighters in the second quarter. This fits in line with the plan Amazon announced earlier this year to expand Amazon Air with the leased single-aisle planes.
Amazon Air currently uses Atlas Air and ATSG to fly its packages. In June, FedEx said it would no longer provide express shipping for Amazon.
Those seasonal fluctuations are among “the core challenges we have with growing our business,” said Bricker, adding that Amazon’s demand peaks in the fourth quarter, before the airline’s period of highest demand.
The deal came together last week, but Bricker said he first approached Amazon about a year ago to try to sell the company a used plane, which didn’t pan out. Then Amazon earlier this year came back to Sun Country about a cargo deal.
Cargo flying “wasn’t part of our plan,” Bricker said.
Sun Country is expected to add 150 pilot jobs over the next 18 months, bringing its total to 500, to keep up with the extra airtime Amazon will require.
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