New York: Amazon unveiled its first branded cargo plane, as it looks to speed up and take more control of its delivery process. The “Amazon One” is a Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon’s air cargo provider Atlas Air. It is one of 40 aircraft that the company plans to lease from Atlas Air and ATSG.
Currently there are 11 dedicated — so far unbranded — planes flying for Amazon with the additional planes rolling out over the next few years. In an “ode” to its Prime members, the number on the tail of the aircraft is a prime number. Prime members pay a subscription for perks such as free two-day shipping and access to its music and video streaming service.
Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of worldwide operations, said “Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come.” The company has been on a drive to improve delivery speeds. It recently launched Amazon Flex, a scheme that lets people earn money delivering packages for Amazon.