AMAZON LAUNCHES AIR CARGO SERVICE IN HYDERABAD

  • E-commerce major Amazon on Monday launched Amazon Air, a dedicated air cargo service to enable faster deliveries to customers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
  • Quikjet Cargo Airlines, with whom it has partnered, will operate two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to transport customer shipments to the four cities, VP-Customer Fulfilment (APAC, MENA and LATAM) Akhil Saxena said at the induction ceremony of an Amazon-branded aircraft here in which Telangana Industries and IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao and others participated.
  • Addressing the event, Mr. Rama Rao said the Amazon Air launch here is the first outside of the U.S. and Europe.
  • Amazon is the first e-commerce firm in India to partner with a third-party air carrier to provide a dedicated air cargo network, Mr. Saxena said during an interaction.
  • Thus far dependent on commercial airlines, for air shipments, launch of Amazon Air will now offer the firm flexibility, in terms of flight timings, visibility of tracking every shipment as well as ability to provide customers more time to order and get deliveries next day.
  • Addressing the event, the Minister said the launch from Hyderabad comes on the back of a growing engagement and investments of Amazon in Telangana.
  • Hyderabad hosts Amazon’s largest campus globally; home to the firm’s largest fulfilment footprint in Asia; and AWS had last year announced $4.4 billion investment for setting up data centres.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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