- 5 August 2016
- Transport / Logistics Services
At the Seafair Air Show in Seattle, Amazon has shown off its first ever branded air cargo plane.
The online giant has also released a statement saying that the Boeing 767-300 is to fly in the Seafair Air Show parade. The aircraft is to be operated by Atlas Air.
Amazon One, as the aircraft is called, will be one of 40 that Amazon will lease through air cargo companies Atlas Air and ATSG. As of today there are 11 dedicated aircraft flying for Amazon with additional aircraft being rolled out into the fleet in the coming months.
“Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. “I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate the inaugural flight than in our hometown at Seafair alongside Amazon employees and Seattle residents.”
Amazon also used today’s release to talk up its new multi-modal transport muscles: “In the last year, Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure great delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of 4,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the network of air cargo planes.
“These efforts join Amazon’s robust worldwide network of more than 125 fulfillment centers and over 20 sortation centers where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for its customers.”
Amazon has also recently been taking to the skies with another type of aerial vehicle: drones. With the support of the UK government, Amazon has recently started run pilot tests for its new delivery drones in the south of England.