How many of these other 4 are in service already as "spares"? Will the spares pool get replenished as these are "öfficially"put into Amazon service? It's seems strange to me that there's regularly more aircraft needed in service than they have solid leases for.
None of the other 4 aircraft are in service. One is in TLV and the others are on the ground, unpainted, at ILN.
ATI has one 762 on the roster that isn't leased to Amazon. It is used for Military cargo charter and as a spare for Amazon. 255CM.
ATI also has one 763 on the roster that isn't leased to Amazon (besides the 763 that was 360CM). 376AN.
Amazon plans its routes so that it has a couple more dry-leased aircraft than are needed to cover the routes. Mechanical things break, or get held up by weather, airport issues, crew availability, etc., and when they do, you need something to cover. There is at least one hot spare West and one East-ish, or at least there was last time I checked. They don't need that from their dry-leased fleet at each airline; I'm talking about the system as a whole.
Because each airline has a maintenance program that takes a plane out of service for up to 5 weeks on a 1.5-to-2-year schedule, those airlines have maintenance spares to cover so they can keep flying and charging $$$ for flying. And those spares can also be used in Peak not only to increase reliability but also perhaps to let Amazon operate the network at a higher tempo.
ABX works a little differently with its 6 Amazon aircraft. It has sufficient slack in its 762 fleet that it seems routinely to rotate in one of the slack aircraft on Amazon routes. However, the dry-leased aircraft cannot be used for anything other than Amazon flights without Amazon's permission, which virtually never is asked or offered.
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