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First Amazon Prime airplane debuts in Seattle after secret night flight

Postby J » Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:19 pm

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The first freighter jet to carry the Amazon brand is primed for its public debut in Seafair’s sunny skies, after making a stealthy flight from New York to Seattle in the middle of the night.

“It’s hard for me not to be a little bit giddy, almost. This is the first time I’ve actually seen the plane in person,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said at a press preview that took place behind closed hangar doors at the Boeing Co.’s Seattle Delivery Center on Thursday.


The plane, emblazoned with “Amazon” on its belly, “Prime Air” on its sides and the Amazon smile logo on its tail, will fly over Lake Washington during the Boeing Seafair Air Show at around 1:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Until now, the big reveal was kept so hush-hush that Seafair organizers referred to the event only as a “Special Guest Flyover.”

The Boeing 767-300 jet is part of what will eventually become a fleet of 40 planes, transporting cargo between Amazon’s distribution centers for delivery to customers. Clark said the planes will mesh with Amazon’s network of 4,000 branded truck trailers, the Uber-like Amazon Flex delivery system, and the services provided by transportation partners such as UPS and FedEx.
http://www.geekwire.com/2016/amazon-prime-airplane-seafair/

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Re: First Amazon Prime airplane debuts in Seattle after secret night flight

Postby J » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:03 pm

Watch out UPS/Louisville here comes Covington.

Amazon will build its own $1.5 billion air cargo hub
Amazon is building one of the largest internal logistics and shipping businesses in the world, and if you needed any more evidence this was the case, the company just revealed that it’s investing $1.5 billion in a new air cargo hub, which will occupy a spot that crosses the Cincinnati and Kentucky border, and eventually result in around 2,000 total new jobs, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The new hub is designed to help provide a home for its increasingly large fleet of at least 40 cargo planes, a group of vehicles it previously revealed it was leasing under the name of Amazon Prime Air, complete with Amazon exterior paint jobs. The planes are designed to help Amazon handle its increasing transportation needs, which are growing as its share of global retail business increases, and straining the capacities and capabilities of its shipping partners, which include FedEx and UPS.

Amazon has long maintained that it’s not looking to compete with other logistics providers, but it recently became an ocean cargo shipping company, with the ability to act as a “freight forwarder,” services that FedEx and UPS also offer. Amazon still hopes to eventually offer services both to itself and to outside companies and retailers, which would put it in direct competition with its current partners, according to the WSJ’s sources.

Until that happens, if it ever happens, however, there’s likely plenty of business to go around for everyone. Amazon typically has some trouble keeping up with demand during busy periods like the holidays, even with all the shipping partners it currently enjoys, and so owning its own piece of the pie to try to build up its maximum capacity is a worthwhile goal even without considering building a functional standalone shipping business in the future, too.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/01/amazon-will-build-its-own-1-5-billion-air-cargo-hub/

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Re: First Amazon Prime airplane debuts in Seattle after secret night flight

Postby flyboy2548m » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:39 pm

Heck, for a bil and a half they can buy most of Northern Kentucky, let alone build a hub at CVG.
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