|Fri Aug 5 2016 13:27:53|
Check out Amazon's Planes
By: Ina Steiner
It's not exactly a secret that Amazon has been leasing cargo planes to move inventory among its warehouses, but the company officially announced the planes today and said it will showcase "Amazon One" at this weekend's Seafair Air Show in Seattle. The plane will fly over Lake Washington between 1:15 and 1:40 Friday-Sunday.
Amazon One (a name that sounds like Airforce One, used to carry the President of the United States) is one of 40 that Amazon has agreed to lease through its air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. There are currently 11 dedicated airplanes flying for Amazon as of today with additional airplanes rolling out over time.
The company said in an ode to its Prime members, Amazon's first airplane in its dedicated fleet features a tail number made up of a prime number (1997
). For non-geeks, here is a definition
of a prime number via wikipedia.
Amazon is leasing the planes not in order to compete with shipping carriers, it has said - but because carriers are unable to handle all of its capacity needed at peak.
You can watch a time-lapse video
of the Boeing 767-300 being painted, via Youtube.