Amazon India has launched Amazon Air, becoming the first e-commerce company in India to have a dedicated air cargo network.The Amazon-branded Boeing 737-800 aircraft will transport its customer shipments to cities such as Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai.
Sarah Rhoads, Vice President, Amazon Global Air, said, “We’re thrilled to launch Amazon Air in India to ensure we can provide our growing customer base with great selection, low prices, and faster deliveries.”
Amazon Air will have complete access to the cargo capacity of a Boeing 737-800, which is operated by Quikjet Cargo Airlines, a joint venture between AFL and the Ireland-based ASL Aviation Group.
Akhil Saxena, Vice President – Customer Fulfilment (APAC, MENA & LATAM) and WW Customer Service, Amazon, said the launch of Amazon Air will further support 1.1 million sellers in India, enabling growth for ancillary businesses such as transportation and packaging.
“Amazon Air comes to India at an important time. Over the last few years, we have taken many positive steps to build our fulfilment, transportation, and logistics infrastructure in the country,” Saxena added.
“We welcome the launch of Amazon Air, which will further assist in making Hyderabad a cargo hub for the country and will create additional employment opportunities in the state,” said Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao, who leads the Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries & Commerce, and Information Technology.
Hyderabad has emerged as a major hub for e-commerce distribution and supply chain activities, Rama Rao said and added that the State Government was working towards strengthening the state’s air cargo infrastructure.
Amazon Air was launched in the USA in 2016 and has today grown to include over 110 aircraft across 70 destinations worldwide.