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According to a new report, Amazon’s presence in the sky continues to grow rapidly, and there are now an average of 164 flights a day dedicated to shipping the e-commerce giant’s stock to all parts of the United States.
The report points out that the company’s air cargo expansion, including the opening of an 800,000 square foot hub in Cincinnati in August, indicates that it is positioning itself as a provider of delivery services to third parties, competing with companies such as UPS and FedEx. .
The lead author of the report, Professor Joseph Schwertman of the Chaddick Institute of DePaul University, said: “There is no sign that Amazon will slow down their preparations for expanding next-day delivery.”
The report stated: “Many companies require more than two package delivery options, and the U.S. Postal Service seems to have regressed in the past few years.” This move “may change the industry structure that has long been dominated by FedEx, UPS and USPS. “.
For its own packages, Amazon’s flight activity has increased by 17% in the past six months. report Say, using data collected from online flight trackers (such as flightaware.com) and fleet registration databases.
The report found that 70% of Americans now live within 100 miles of an airport with Amazon Airlines business, up from 54% more than a year ago.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has focused on keeping air cargo in its own hands, after the decline in passenger flights squeezed the ability to deliver packages across the United States.
In May, Amazon acquired a minority stake in the Air Transportation Services Group for US$132 million, including leasing 20 additional Boeing 767 jets.
Since February, Amazon Air has added services to and from seven airports, bringing the total number of airports serving Amazon scheduled flights to 42.
According to the report, its fully operational fleet of 73 is still dwarfed by the 468 aircraft operated by FedEx and the 283 aircraft operated by UPS, but is expected to continue to grow.
In August, the company opened an 800,000-square-foot Amazon Air Hub in Cincinnati, which will accommodate approximately 2,000 employees and eventually handle up to 200 flights per day.
The 700,000-square-foot facility at San Bernardino Airport near Los Angeles has become an anchor point on the West Coast.
Facts have proved that this development has caused controversy, with campaign groups accusing Amazon of placing its center in areas where surrounding communities are mainly composed of people of color, thereby participating in “environmental racism.” A proposal to investigate the impact of such developments was rejected at Amazon’s most recent shareholder meeting in May.
Amazon has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, but this task has become complicated due to its truck delivery fleet and list of aircraft (most of which are old aircraft). July 2020, Amazon announced It purchased 6 million gallons of biofuel and said it would reduce emissions from the old fleet by 20%.
In addition, the researchers said, there are more than a dozen active international locations, although air traffic in the proposed European hub in Leipzig is quieter than expected. Schwieterman said that in Europe, Amazon “is quietly growing, but did not disclose their long-term intentions.”
“It may only be a matter of time before Leipzig becomes a hot spot for Amazon.”
The report author said that these figures do not include other carriers’ flights for Amazon packages. Although the number has also increased significantly, it is more difficult to track. The report author said that it is estimated that external carriers will add 20 to 30 additional flights per day to supplement Amazon’s own flight.
In the end, the report concluded that Amazon has positioned itself as a record-breaking “crazy” Christmas buying season, and air cargo has become a key part of its next-day or same-day delivery goals.
Amazon officially shared limited information about the scale of its operations, but told investors earlier this year that it will expand its fleet and “will have 85 aircraft by the end of 2022.” Amazon Airlines did not respond to a request for comment.