Amazon ‘Prime’ plane takes flight
ONLINE giant Amazon has unveiled its first branded airplane, part of what is expected to be a fleet of “Prime Air” cargo planes.
Amazon over the past year began working with aircraft leasing firms and cargo operators to reduce its dependence on commercial carriers, but the August 5 announcement is the first to show its own branded aircraft.
“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.
With the Amazon Prime logo painted on the fuselage, Amazon One is one of 40 planes that Amazon has agreed to lease through air cargo partners.
There are currently 11 airplanes flying for Amazon with additional ones rolling out over time.
Amazon is moving to take greater control of its logistics to ensure speedy one- or two-day delivery for subscribers of its Prime service.
In recent years, UPS and Fedex have struggled with the high volume of goods ordered online to meet delivery commitments. –