Amazon Air in its Prime
Author: Stephanie Castaneda

Amazon recently added Pittsburgh and Kansas City, Missouri to its rapidly growing network of airports served by its inhouse cargo airline which helps the company cut ground transportation time and quickly deliver online orders to businesses and customers. Amazon has built Amazon Air over five years into a significant express delivery carrier to support two-day and next-day delivery for its Prime customers. Amazon’s online retail sales increased nearly 39% last year and now represent a third of all U.S. e-commerce sales, according to Digital Commerce. With such a large increase in e-commerce sales, it is important to keep the flow of deliveries in motion. 

Smaller passenger, or dedicated cargo, airports such as Chicago Rockford, Rickenbacker airport in Columbus, Ohio, and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in South Carolina are also seeing a rise in freighter flights as logistics companies and their customers look to avoid multi day backlogs at major airports such as Chicago and New York’s JFK. Aircraft seats are temporarily being removed in order to increase capacity for cargo. Chris Preston, director of Amazon Gateway operations stated how “growing the network of sites where Amazon Air flies is essential to supporting fast, free shipping for our customers”. 



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