How important is Amazon to the US domestic air freight and express business?

Amazon is big. In 2018, the company’s share of US e-commerce sales reached around 50%. E-commerce itself accounts for about 15% of total US retail spending. But how big is Amazon for the domestic air freight and express business? And has Amazon’s growth come at the detriment for FedEx and UPS? To be clear, Amazon […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 8, 2019

SkyTaxi adds first widebody freighter

On 19 November, Wroclaw-based SkyTaxi took delivery of a freighter-converted 767-200F (23021) on lease from Air Transport Services Group’s CAM leasing subsidiary. The freighter was currently operating in the fleet of ATSG’s charter and full-service airline, ABX Air. Not only does the 767F represent a monumental step for SkyTaxi – which currently operates just two […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 21, 2018

ATSG reaches tentative agreement with pilots’ union ALPA

We who live in Seattle became used to seeing uniformed pilots picketing Amazon’s headquarters. They carried signs with slogans based on the theme that delivery of merchandise ordered from the internet giant was being compromised by the refusal of the airlines that fly for Amazon to offer fair contracts to their pilots. For their part, […]
  • David Harris
  • February 6, 2018

E-commerce and express traffic drive growth at Seattle’s airport in 2016

Last year, Seattle-based Amazon launched a dedicated air freight network, “Prime Air” and began carrying cargo between major distribution centers in the United States with a fleet of 767 freighters operated operated by Atlas Air and ATSG. With initial plans that call for a fleet of forty aircraft by 2020, at last count, eighteen aircraft have already […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 30, 2017

Give thanks, and shop

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and as usual, distant relatives will convene at dinner tables across the country to discuss not only what they are thankful for, but also their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping strategies. But this year, despite the air freight industry’s arduous efforts to ensure it is equipped […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 23, 2016