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Plotting its logistics growth path, Amazon Air is set to add a third aircraft type to its fast-growing freighter fleet. The retail and tech giant is slated to induct ATR turboprop freighters, two people familiar with the company’s planning tell The Air Current.

Since its founding in 2015, Amazon Air has been rapidly adding Boeing 767-300 and 737-800 converted freighters as it builds out its operations, but a large turboprop freighter opens a new front in its strategy as it expands its reach to smaller communities.

TAC Analysis recently published an expansive three-part series delving into the competitive fight with FedEx & UPS.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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