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Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, announced an expansion of its air network on Friday. The company stated that the expansion is in line with providing fast and free delivery for customers. Amazon has leased 10 additional Boeing 767-300 aircraft from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG). This is in addition to the 40 767s that Amazon leased in 2016. Of those 40 aircraft, 20 were leased from ATSG. The roll out of the 10 767s will occur over the next two years, five in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Amazon Air Network, which was launched in 2016, operates out of 20 airports and allows the company to make two day shipping within the United States a reality. Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, provided the following, “Our customers love massive selection and fast delivery, and the Amazon Air capacity we are building enables Prime delivery speeds for customers from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida. By expanding the Amazon Air network through our partnership with ATSG we’re able to ensure we have the capacity to quickly and efficiently deliver packages to customers for years to come.”
In addition to aircraft, Amazon will open air hubs in Fort Worth (2019) and Cincinnati (2021). The air cargo operation has created thousands of jobs and invested millions across the United States.
As someone who regularly uses Amazon, I find this to be a win for the consumer and the company. Amazon does not have to pay UPS, FedEx, or the United States Postal Service to deliver goods.
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What do you make of the air network expansion?