Amazon Air launches in India

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Amazon Air will utilise the complete cargo capacity of a B737-800F operated by Quikjet Cargo. Photo: Amazon

Amazon India has launched e-commerce cargo airline Amazon Air in India in a deal with Indian cargo carrier Quickjet Airlines.

Bengaluru-based Quickjet will use an Amazon-branded Boeing B737-800 freighter to fly shipments, according to a press release issued by Amazon India.

Quikjet will use the aircraft to transport Amazon customer shipments to cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai.

Amazon is the first e-commerce company in India to partner with a third-party air carrier to provide a dedicated air cargo network, said Amazon.

“Amazon Air comes to India at an important time,” said Akhil Saxena, vice president – customer fulfilment (APAC, MENA & LATAM) & WW customer service, Amazon.

“Over the last few years, we have taken many positive steps to build our fulfilment, transportation and logistics infrastructure in the country. Our investment in Amazon Air will only further improve the delivery experience for our customers in India.”

“We’re thrilled to launch Amazon Air in India to ensure we can provide our growing customer base with great selection, low prices, and faster deliveries,” added Sarah Rhoads, vice president, Amazon Global Air.

In India, Amazon also partners with Deutsche Post DHL Group subsidiary Blue Dart.

The partnership with Quickjet could be seen as at odds with Amazon Air’s decision earlier this month to start selling spare capacity on its aircraft in response to a post-pandemic slowdown in e-commerce spending.

Amazon’s faith in air cargo was evident in 2022, with Amazon Air announcing in October it would expand its fleet with the addition of 10 A330-300 converted freighters from lessor Altavair.

The aircraft will be operated for Amazon by Hawaiian Airlines and will be converted by Germany-headquartered EFW.

Additionally, a report released in March 2022 highlighted how Amazon Air had rapidly expanded its air cargo operations in Europe.

Amazon Air was launched in 2016 in the US and operates an air cargo network that has grown to include more than 110 aircraft and more than 70 destinations worldwide

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]