Amazon Air off to the races with rapid summer expansion

Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767
Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767, photographed on August 8, 2016 from Wolfe Air Learjet 25B by Chad Slattery

Amazon Air expanded its fleet with nine Boeing 737 planes between May and July 2020, a record expansion for the program, according to a new report by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

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The report stated, “Amazon Air͛’s addition of nine planes to its fleet between May and July 2020-the most it has added over a three-month span since its inception illustrates its continued commitment to growth. Three more planes subsequently took to the skies, bringing its present fleet to 54 planes, 29% more than at the start of May.”

While the airline industry at large has been brought to its knees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon Air’s cargo business model took off, pointing to increased demand in e-commerce shopping as retail lays dormant.

From April 23 to Aug. 20, daily flight activity at Amazon Air increased 27.1% with 133 flights on Aug. 25 alone. The early success of the Amazon Air program marks another sweeping victory for the e-commerce giant, which regularly champions its disruptive nature across multiple industries.