On August 5, 2016 Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the first Prime Air-branded Boeing 767 at Seattle (Boeing Field) operated by Atlas Air (“1997” is a prime number).
Amazon previously announced in May 2016 it would lease 20 Boeing 767s from Atlas Air. This followed a previous deal announced in March 2016 to lease up to 20 767s from Air Transport Services Group.
Amazon also utilizes FedEx and UPS for its Prime deliveries.
Amazon issued this statement:
Amazon on August 5, 2016 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. The Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon’s air cargo provider Atlas Air, is flying in the Seafair Air Show to thousands of Seattle residents and Amazon employees.
“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. In an ode to its Prime members, 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 robust worldwide network of more than 125 fulfillment centers and over 20 sortation centers where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for its customers.
Copyright Photo: Prime Air (Atlas Air) Boeing 767-33A ER (F) N1997A (msn 27310) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 934097.