Amazon is adding 10 cargo planes to its fleet for a total of 50 aircraft, the company announced Thursday night, enabling it to deliver packages to its customers faster.
Amazon has invested millions of dollars in its air cargo operation since its launch in 2016. It has gateway operations at over 20 airports and will open a new Regional Air Hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in 2019 and will open an Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2021. It also recently announced a gateway operation to launch in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2019 as well as an expanded operation in Rockford, Illinois.
With advanced algorithms and software used for capacity and route planning, the Amazon Air operation can transport hundreds of thousands of packages per day, the company said.
Amazon’s dedicated air network makes two-day shipping possible almost anywhere in the US, it also said.
The 10 additional cargo planes will consist of Boeing 767-300 aircraft, will be operated on Amazon’s behalf by an ATSG airline, and will join the air cargo operation over the next two years.
The company in its announcement:
“Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure fast delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including its Delivery Service Partner program, Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of over 10,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the expanded fleet of air cargo planes.
“These efforts join Amazon’s robust worldwide network of more than 185 fulfillment 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 customers.”