At the International Paris Air Show, Amazon announced a partnership with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease an additional fifteen Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft.
These fifteen aircraft will be in addition to the five Boeing 737-800’s already leased from GECAS and announced earlier this year. The aircraft will fly in the United States out of the more than 20 air gateways in the Amazon Air network.
“These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day program,” said Dave Clark, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations at Amazon. “By 2021, Amazon Air will have 70 aircraft flying in our dedicated air network.”
Amazon Air’s operation launched in 2016 supporting the company’s own package delivery services. With advanced algorithms and software used for capacity and route planning, the Amazon Air operation can transport hundreds of thousands of packages per day. Since its launch, Amazon’s air cargo operation has invested millions of dollars.
Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure fast delivery speeds and supply chain capacity, 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 cargo aircraft. These efforts join Amazon’s worldwide network of more than 185 distribution centres where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technology to increase delivery speeds.