Amazon One is one of 40 aircrafts Amazon has agreed to lease through its air cargo partners

Amazon One is one of 40 aircrafts Amazon has agreed to lease through its air cargo partners

Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled its first branded air cargo plane amid an agreement to lease a fleet of 40 as the company eyes an expansion of its transportation network and greater supply chain capacity for its customers. 

Amazon One, a Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon's air cargo provider Atlas Air, was unveiled during Seattle's Seafair Air Show on Friday (5 August).

The aircraft is one of 40 that Amazon has agreed to lease through air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. Currently the company has 11 dedicated airplanes.

"Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations. "I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate the inaugural flight than in our hometown at Seafair alongside Amazon employees and Seattle residents."

In the last year, Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure great delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including Amazon Flex, the company's mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon.

The internet behemoth recently announced it has been granted permission by the UK Government to explore the possibility of delivery by drone.

The retailer's Prime Air delivery scheme would see parcels weighing up to five pounds delivered by small drones within 30 minutes to customers in the UK and elsewhere around the world.

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These efforts join Amazon's "robust" worldwide network of more than 125 fulfillment centres and over 20 sortation centres where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers.