Amazon Air coming to Anchorage, speeding up package delivery
Amazon Air is joining other cargo carriers at Ted Stevens International Airport. The move could mean faster delivery for Amazon Prime customers.
The announcement was made Thursday on the airport's Facebook page. According to the Facebook post, the company will begin flight operations on June 27.
It will operate out of the Kulis Business Park which sits south of the east-west runways at Stevens. Airport manager Jim Szczesniak says Alaska's geographic location sits perfectly to move goods and connect with Asia.
"This is the second new airline we’ve welcomed to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport this quarter, and another business being added to the airport’s business park on the former Kulis Air National Guard Base," Szczesniak said in the post. "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is perfectly situated to support the movement of e-commerce goods between Asia and North America, and this new business fits with our strategy of maximizing ANC’s potential for development."
The airport's announcement comes on the heels of news that Amazon's fleet of cargo jets is getting larger, as the company expands plans to deliver more of its packages itself. According to Szczesniak, Amazon Air will offer one daily flight between Anchorage and Seattle once service starts.
Amazon Prime offers various shipping benefits, including free two-day shipping on certain items from addresses in the Lower 48.
"It goes two directions, so, we have the ability to basically get stuff from the main Amazon distribution facility," Szczesniak said. "For Alaskan businesses, small businesses, that actually gives you the pipeline to put your products directly into the Amazon network too."
According to CNN, the online retailer recently announced it will lease an additional 15 cargo planes from GE Capital Aviation Services. This lease, along with five other jet leases announced earlier this year, means Amazon will have 70 freighters in its fleet by 2021.
Elizabeth Roman and Dave Leval contributed to this report.
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