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Amazon is ready for takeoff with Prime Air

Amazon has outlined plans for a more expansive air transportation network

Monday 8th August 2016

FedEx Corporation and United Parcel Service, Inc. are not alone anymore. Amazon.com, Inc.'s Prime Air is ready for takeoff.

Amazon has unveiled the first Boeing 767 of its new fleet of branded cargo planes at Seattle’s Seafair Air Show. The e-commerce behemoth, which has helped grow the revenues of both FedEx and UPS' package delivery services, now wants a piece of the action.

Its first-ever branded cargo plane, the Amazon One, is a Boeing 767-300 operated by cargo service provider Atlas Air. This is one of 40 planes Amazon has agreed to lease from Atlas Air and another partner, ATSG. Amazon is currently using 11 of the cargo jets, but the company said it plans to roll out more planes in the fleet later this year.

Amazon has outlined plans for a more expansive “air transportation network.” Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come.

It would seem controlling its own logistics instead of relying on either FedEx or UPS is one way Amazon plans to achieve its delivery goals. To date, Amazon has insisted it has no intention of fully replacing its logistics partners.

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