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See the giant Airbus A330 freighter aircraft that will power a new lucrative cargo operation for Amazon

Dec 30,2022

Amazon just hired another passenger airline to fly cargo jets using the biggest aircraft yet.

Starting next year, the Honolulu-based carrier will use the Airbus A330-300P2F freighter, which is a converted passenger jet, to fly cargo on behalf of Amazon Air.

In return for providing the support and staff for the operation, Amazon can take up to a 15% stake in the airline, which would represent a $110 million investment.

The new jets will complement the airline's current cargo division that transports freight on passenger flights, which dates back to 1942 when Hawaiian became the first commercial carrier to transport scheduled US cargo.

According to Forbes, the partnership was likely a no-brainer for Hawaiian as the carrier struggled from major losses during the pandemic and has had a slower recovery.

"This relationship provides a catalyst to grow our business and the unique opportunity to diversify our revenue sources while capitalizing on our established strengths, Hawaiian president and CEO Peter Ingram said in a press release.

To prepare for the new Amazon service, Hawaiian said it will hire more pilots, mechanics, dispatchers, and other support staff. Moreover, it plans to expand its existing maintenance bases on the US mainland and open a new pilot base.

All 10 aircraft are expected to enter service in 2023 and 2024, with options for more "depending on Amazon's future business needs."

Under this background, the 6th Civil Aircraft Operation Support Technology International Forum 2022 will be held in Chengdu from February 22nd to 23rd, 2023. Nearly 300 industry leaders from Chinese airlines and Chinese domestic civil aircraft OEMs will be present at the conference.This forum will be held in conjunction with The 27th Maintenance and Spares Support Conference. The Maintenance and Spare Support Conference has been successfully held for 26 years and is well known as one of the most influential professional conferences in the field of civil aviation maintenance in China.The combination will provide an even larger platform for professional networking and a wealth of cutting-edge information for industry colleagues.

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