Amazon launches its dedicated Air Cargo Service in India

Amazon announced the debut of Amazon Air, a specialised Air Cargo Service in India as it seeks to expand and speed up delivery in one of its key markets.

An Amazon Executive said on Monday, January 23, Amazon Air is attempting to increase and speed up delivery throughout one of its key markets as e-commerce sales there are rapidly increasing.

Also read: Amazon to launch dedicated cargo fleet in India

The e-retailer will ship items between Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai utilising two Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Quikjet Cargo Airlines. According to Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air, Amazon Air will allow the company to provide quick delivery to clients in India.

Amazon Air will ship items between Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai using two Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Quikjet Cargo Airlines

Amazon will have more control over costs and flight schedules as a result of the decision to deploy a dedicated cargo service, which will also speed up the delivery of a larger range of goods, according to Rhoads.

“When we use a dedicated network … we have more transparency with the cost, we control the negotiations and we drive the schedule to make sure we are making the most efficient use of the assets.”

“We want to deliver the majority of shipments in two days or less and Amazon Air enables that.”

–Sarah Rhoads, Vice President, Amazon Global Air

After the United States and Europe, India is the third country where the company has introduced Amazon Air. The Seattle-based company, which launched the service in the United States in 2016, has a network of more than 110 planes that travel to more than 70 locations around the world.

India is the third country where the company has introduced Amazon Air, following the United States and Europe

Amazon now uses one plane operated by Quikjet. This Bengaluru-based freight carrier is a division of Europe’s ASL Aviation, and starting on Tuesday, it will use a second plane to deliver packages to cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. According to Rhoads, ASL manages a number of aircraft for Amazon throughout Europe.

The first cargo service was launched from Hyderabad on Monday, January 23. The service from GMR Aero Technic was introduced by Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. He described it as a historic event for the state and the Indian e-commerce sector.

He claimed that additional vendors from Telangana and the rest of the nation would be added to Amazon’s platform.

“We have been working towards strengthening the state’s air cargo infrastructure, and we welcome the launch of Amazon Air which will further assist in making Hyderabad a cargo hub for the country and will create additional employment opportunities in the state.”

–KT Rama Rao, IT and Industries Minister, Telangana

He added that Air Cargo traffic from the city witnessed a 35% growth in volume in 2021.

KTR assured the state of its full support and stated that Hyderabad and Amazon’s love affair had only just begun. He emphasised that Hyderabad is currently home to Amazon’s largest campus in the entire world, its largest fulfilment centre in Asia, and its AS data centre, which has already announced an investment of 36,000 crores by 2030.

Hyderabad is currently home to Amazon’s largest campus in the entire world & its largest fulfilment centre in Asia

According to KTR, Hyderabad was named the “Most Cost-Effective Aerospace City in the World” by the Financial Times global rankings, and Telangana earned the “Best State Award for Aerospace” from the Ministry of Civil Aviation three times in a row.

According to Akhil Saxena, VP (Of Customer Fulfilment), two planes with a capacity of 20,000 shipments, each would be operated in India. Additionally, the launch would benefit more than 11 million merchants in India, fostering the expansion of related industries including transportation and aviation.

Source: TOI

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