Get excited—your next delivery from Amazon could arrive even faster. Earlier today, the e-commerce giant unveiled its Prime Air cargo jet, the first in its new fleet. Don’t let Prime Air be confused with Amazon’s drone delivery system of the same name. Amazon will lease up to 40 Boeing planes with Prime Air’s Amazon One being the first of its fleet. The Prime Air jet is a Boeing 767-300 operated by Atlas Air, the current provider of Amazon’s air cargo services.
Why the addition of a new fleet?
Amazon’s decision to lease its own fleet comes from its eagerness to deliver packages even quicker than its current 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members and potentially having a no-extra-cost delivery. It also gives Amazon the opportunity to control more of its shipping and delivery opt
ions after having challenges with the reliability of UPS and FedEx in the past. In 2013, many customers received refunds for late arriving Christmas orders due to a spike in holiday orders and inclement weather. The addition of its new fleet allows Amazon to drive down transportation costs instead of having third party air freights.
“Because of our growth and the sheer amount of packages, we are supplementing our transportation needs, said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations.
How else is Amazon speeding up package delivery?
Adding a new fleet won’t be Amazon’s first attempt to speed up deliveries. Recently, the online retailer launched Amazon Flex, which allows anyone to make money when they choose to deliver Amazon packages. Like Uber, you set your own schedule and make deliveries using your own car and smartphone. Just last month, Amazon partnered with the British government to begin drone testing parcel deliveries, something that has not been approved in the U.S.
“This announcement strengthens our partnership with the U.K. and brings Amazon closer to our goal of using drones to safely deliver parcels in 30 minutes to customers in the U.K. and elsewhere around the world,” said Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global innovation policy and communications.
Getting drone delivery approved by the Federal Aviation Administration may be Amazon’s next big challenge, but Amazon’s proved it’s not slowing down and only speeding up its service. Till then, keep your eyes peeled for Prime Air cruising by in the sky. It could mean that your Amazon order will soon arrive at your front door, even faster than before.