Amazon to use cargo plane remodeled by Taiwan’s EGAT

Taipei, One of the 20 Boeing passenger planes that Taiwan-based Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. (EGAT) has been remodeling for cargo use over the past year belongs to American electronic commerce giant Amazon, EGAT's parent company confirmed Sunday.

The converted Boeing 767-300 aircraft, bearing the Amazon air shipment logo, was seen recently during a test flight at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport but EGAT declined to comment on whether Amazon was one of the clients under its turnkey contract with Boeing.

However, one of EGAT's parent companies EVA Air later confirmed that the aircraft belonged to Amazon, which marks it air cargo fleet "Prime Air."

EGAT, a joint venture between the Evergreen Group's EVA Air and General Electric (GE), obtained a contract from Boeing in 2016 to remodel 20 passenger jetliners in the 767-300 series into cargo planes and began the work last year.

The deal followed a successful project 2005-2010 in which EGAT was contracted by Boeing to convert four 747 passenger jets into cargo carriers that were dubbed Dreamlifters.

According to Boeing, global demand for the conversion of wide-body passenger jets into cargo planes will rise to about 400 over the next two decades, given the rise of e-commerce.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel