Long ago, in 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about building a UAV delivery system. While we wait to see that happen, Amazon has started building serious air cargo capacity. Currently, Amazon Prime Air has 30 767-300Fs. The fleet plan is to have 40 767Fs in service. The table shows the fleet transactions between January and December 2017.
This is rapid growth and with each delivery, Amazon becomes less dependent on FedEx and UPS. The company contracts operations using Air Transport International and Atlas Air. Demand for a growing fleet is likely being driven Amazon Prime. No other e-commerce company has its own air freight fleet. Amazon’s growth is worthy of watching closely.