In order to extend and speed up delivery throughout one of its key markets amid rapidly expanding e-commerce sales, Amazon.com launched its own air cargo service in India, Amazon Air, said a company executive on January 23.
According to Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air, the business has invested in Indian cargo carrier Quikjet to exclusively transport parcels for Amazon across four key Indian cities, although she did not disclose the amount of the investment.
By switching to a dedicated cargo service, Amazon will have more control over pricing and flight times while shortening delivery times for a larger range of products, as per Rhoads. When using a dedicated network, she added, “we have more control over the discussions, we drive the timeline, and we ensure we are making the most effective use of the assets.” Amazon Air enables us to deliver the bulk of packages in two days or less.
After the United States and Europe, India is the third market where the corporation has introduced Amazon Air. Amazon now uses one plane operated by Quikjet, a Bengaluru-based freight carrier that is a division of Europe’s ASL Aviation, and starting on January 24, it will use a second plane to deliver packages to cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. For Amazon in Europe, ASL manages a number of aircraft, as per Rhoads.