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
I am fascinated by this article. What an innovative solution!
Many years ago my family and I took a trip to Guatemala. One of the highlights of my trip was going to see the Maya ruins at Tikal, which is in the jungle in the central Peten area far east of Guatemala City. There aren’t any roads to get there, so you had to fly.
We got on our plane (a DC-3) at the Guatemala City airport. All seats were occupied with passengers going to the jungle area. The flight was one of those hedgehoppers, only a couple of thousand feet above the ground, right above the trees. We made several stops.
Finally we arrived at the town of Flores, on the shores of Lake Peten Itza. The stewardess (that is what they were, then!) informed us that the stop would be for a while, and we were allowed out on the tarmac in the steaming heat to wait while they refueled the plane.
As we watched, a group of men went into the plane. We wondered what they were doing. In a few minutes they started emerging, each one carrying a plane seat. This went on for a half hour, as many seats in the plane were removed and stacked on the tarmac.
This article from the Loadstar indicates that supply chain firms such as Flexport are struggling to align themselves for the volatile tariff situation we have now. Some firms are leaving China but others are staying in and look for an alternate shipment method with more speed and smaller inventory.
SF Airlines (Wikipedia) is a Chinese cargo airline with headquarters in Shenzen, Guangdong Province. They have about 55 aircraft. SF submitted an application to the USDOT last week for a 3x per week service on the Hangzhou-New York route. We will see if approval is granted.
Flexport indicated they are seeing a dropoff in trade with China. But 3PLs like Flexport work to help companies transport goods from anywhere. Rearrangement of transport becomes the norm, and their business depends on success for their customers.