SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon’s rumored plans to launch its own air freight line could be moving forward with reports the online retailer is in talks to lease 20 Boeing 767 freighter jets.
Amazon is creating a logistical system that will include an overnight air freight line in the United States, the shipping news site CargoFacts reported.
Currently, Amazon’s freight is shipped by UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service. Bringing some of that shipping in-house could save the company money as it works to build out its rapid delivery system for its lucrative Prime members.
According to multiple reports, the e-commerce giant is considering leasing as many as 20 Boeing 767 jets, each of which can hold up to 15,500 cubic feet of freight.
Both Amazon and Boeing declined to comment.
Amazon would have to first lease jets, as it does not have an Air Operator’s Certificate that would allow it to fly its own airplanes, The Seattle Times reported Friday.
There have been rumors that Amazon has quietly begun testing a small number of flights out of the Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
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