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Amazon e-tail giant launches its own air freighters


E-сommerce giant Amazon plans was to launch its first ever branded cargo plane, the "Amazon One", at Seattle's SeaFair Air Show yesterday, reports San Francisco's TechCrunch.
The plane is a Boeing 767-300 operated by Atlas Air, an existing provider of air cargo services for Amazon.com.
In a press statement ahead of the event, the company's senior vice president of worldwide operations, Dave Clarke, outlined plans for a more expansive "air transportation network".
The company will lease 40 planes in total from Atlas Air and another partner, ATSG, for its Prime Air cargo operations in the next two years, he revealed.
Amazon will lease 40 dedicated jets to ensure faster delivery; first plane debut Friday in Seattle, reported Market Land of Redding, Connecticut.
When rumours of Amazon's air cargo network first surfaced late last year, the Seattle Times reported that Amazon was frustrated with shipping delays involving United Parcel Service (UPS), especially during the 2013 holiday season when many Amazon customers received their orders after Christmas. The Times says Amazon had to refund shipping costs and offer affected customers a $20 gift card.
The move to launch its own air cargo service could eventually put Amazon in direct competition with UPS and FedEx, if the company decides to ship inventory sold by other merchants.

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