NASHVILLE – The first Amazon Air cargo aircraft arrived at Nashville International Airport® (BNA) on Thursday evening, beginning daily flights to the airport and adding to the company’s presence in the region.

“This operation reinforces Amazon’s investment in the region and BNA’s vital role in the economic development of the area,” said Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO. “We value their commitment and look forward to a strong partnership.”

Through a partner lease agreement, Amazon Air will use over 39,000 square feet of space at BNA. Amazon Air’s Nashville gateway will include an onsite area to sort packages bound for their next destination and will be managed by an Amazon logistics partner, LGSTX Cargo Services. The site is expected to support more than 70 jobs.

“Growing the network of sites where Amazon Air flies is essential to supporting free shipping for our customers,” said Chris Preston, Director, Amazon Gateway Operations. “Today, with Nashville International Airport as part of our Amazon Air network, we are closer to our customers in the area and can support fast shipping for the items they rely on. We are proud of the investments Amazon has made in the Nashville region and look forward to continued growth.”

Amazon Air plays a central role in delivering Amazon products for customers by transporting items across longer distances in shorter timeframes. Amazon Air owns and leases an aircraft fleet and works with third-party carriers to provide dedicated air cargo services for Amazon packages. Since 2010, Amazon has invested nearly $13 billion in Tennessee and $530 billion in the U.S – creating more than 25,000 jobs in Tennessee in its operations, logistics, corporate and technology functions.