SEATTLE, Washington—Amazon is showcasing its first ever branded air cargo plane during Seafair’s Air Show, an annual community celebration taking place in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle on August 5.
The Boeing 767-300, branded “Prime Air” is operated by Amazon’s air cargo provider Atlas Air.
“Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. “I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate the inaugural flight than in our hometown at Seafair alongside Amazon employees and Seattle residents.”
The airplane, named Amazon One, is one of 40 that Amazon has agreed to lease through 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.
Amazon’s first airplane in its dedicated fleet features a tail number made up of a Prime number.
In the last year, Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure great delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of 4,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the network of air cargo planes.
These efforts join Amazon’s worldwide network of more than 125 fulfillment centres and over 20 sortation centres where the company uses algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers.