Amazon is doubling down on next-day delivery. By using their own air freight in conjunction with other airlines, they are abot to reach 70% of the population.
I loved two-day service and never thought I needed something faster. But I have to admit, getting it the very next day is a rush. And sometimes, that’s exactly what I need— especially with Covid lurking, it’s an alternative to going to the store and being exposed.
One of the interesting features of the article is the map of Amazon’s air service network. It’s as prodigious as any major airline. Of course, it’s only for packages.
I wonder what business they could do with this network should they decide to start offering air package transport for other companies. For instance for pharmaceuticals.
Report: Amazon Air puts 70% of US population within next-day reach More airport hubs, destinations and flights put airline in position to handle big Christmas package volume
Eric Kulisch, Air Cargo Editor Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Project Selfie examined load factors used in reporting by major airlines. It turns out that there is a wide range of ways the load factor is calculated by airlines. Weight alone yields low load factors (the percent of utilization of the aircraft with respect to cargo weight). Most of the airlines use a combination of weight and size, and this is done differently for different carriers. Thus they report load factors on different bases, so they are not comparable. IATA, the industry group, wants to have a more consistent basis than weight for reporting its figures for the industry. Weight alone is not very significant.
“(Weight alone) poorly reflects how full the planes really are.”
In short they cube out before they weigh out. Packages that go by air are not very dense! This may partially explain why air freight rates are going up while load factors are not very high. So IATA has been misrepresenting capacity utilization of planes.
It’s hard to be sympathetic to airline pilots. They are at the top of the pay scale for unionized jobs. But they have a right to bargain, and a right to conclude a contract. There’s been no movement on completing a negotiation started 4 years ago. That’s too long.
And it’s a hard job, with lots of work rules, very high technical knowledge and physical requirements, odd hours, and an earlier than usual retirement age. Sort of like baseball players.
So when should they be allowed to strike?
The Independent Pilots Association (IPA), a trade union representing pilots at UPS, said its leadership has called on its 2,528 members to authorize a pilot strike against UPS.