Amazon Prime Air, a dedicated cargo service, has begun in India. The e-commerce gaint has a sizable footprint in the country and intends to speed up delivery with two branded Boeing 737-800 freighters. Amazon intends to raise the number of dedicated freighters in India to six by the end of this year.
Amazon has expanded its dedicated cargo capacity in India by establishing Amazon Prime Air in Hyderabad, a city in southern India. The company is collaborating with Bengaluru-based QuickJet, which has a fleet of two Boeing 737-800(BCF) aircraft.
According to Akhil Saxena, Amazon’s vice president of customer fulfilment, the company will continue to use the cargo space of other passenger airlines in India but will use these two freighters in four metro cities: Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM), Hyderabad (HYD), and Bengaluru (BLR). He remarked,
“If earlier, I could take goods for air shipments, say by 7 pm, now I can extend it to 10 pm with a dedicated aircraft which will help in delivering goods from other FCs to you faster.”
After the United States and Europe, India is the third market to offer Amazon’s specialised cargo service. The corporation has a significant presence in the country, with its largest campus in the globe, as well as its largest fulfilment centre in Asia, located in Hyderabad. Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao had this to say about the launch:
“Amazon’s largest fulfilment footprint in Asia is also in Hyderabad. And today with the launch of Amazon Air, the first time that Amazon Air is being launched outside of North America and Europe, I am delighted that India and particularly Hyderabad get to host it. So I think this love story is growing from strength to strength.”