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>> The plane, the plane! It's an Amazon Prime airplane. Yes, the e-commerce giant, ubiquitous in our lives, now taking to the air as it races to get you everything from toilet paper to diapers in two days for free if you pay the $99 necessary to be a crucial Amazon prime customer.
Why fly itself? Reuters Jeffrey Dastin has been mapping out that strategy.>> So we contacted airports across the country where Amazon flies, such as Lehigh Valley International, where we are today and we asked for information about the flights. And it turned out that in almost every case, the flights that Amazon is scheduling were nearly full, but they were carrying less than half the weight that they could.
>> Logistics industry experts say they likes of FedEx and UPS are increasingly charging more for big volume items, even if they are lighter. So with its own fleet, Amazon can dodge some of those costs, and late night flights from small town airports directly to places closer to the consumers help Amazon cut the delivery time compared with UPS or FedEx that generally first fly everything into one of their hubs.
Amazon isn't planning on competing with its logistics partners, at least for now. But it's take off plans have implications for them.>> Amazon is still reliant on those companies to get to South Dakota, and places where it doesn't have flights. But our reporting, which shows, again, these full planes with lightweight boxes shows that it is bleeding some of the most profitable boxes away from its shipping partners.
>> For now, Amazon says it's leased 40 planes to speed things up and try to avoid those holiday delivery hiccups its shipping partners have put it through in the past.