Amazon’s drones may not have started delivering products just yet but its fleet of cargo airplanes have certainly been doing so for a couple of years now. Amazon launched Prime Air in 2016 with 40 cargo planes in the fleet. The fleet enables Amazon to provide two-day shipping in almost the entire United States. It’s now expanding the fleet with 10 more Boeing 767-300 cargo aircraft.
Amazon launched this operation in 2016 to support package delivery operations. It’s one of the biggest online retailers on the planet and moves an incredible amount of packages on a daily basis. It relies on advanced algorithms and software for capacity and route planning so that hundreds of thousands of packages can be shipped per day.
The company has also renamed Prime Air to Amazon Air. It now has a total of 50 cargo jets in the fleet which are being flown out of 20 different gateway airports. This is “making two-day shipping possible almost anywhere in the US,” according to Amazon.
Amazon says that it’s going to poen a Regional Air Hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in 2019 while the Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will open in 2021. It recently announced a gateway operation to launch in Wilmington, Ohio next year as well.