GUWAHATI, Jan 23: Amazon India announced the launch of Amazon Air in India on Monday to further enhance its transportation network and enable faster deliveries to customers in the country. Amazon will utilise the complete cargo capacity of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that will be operated by Quikjet Cargo Airlines Private Limited.
Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries & Commerce, and Information Technology of Telangana was present at the induction ceremony of Quikjet’s new Amazon-branded aircraft along with Amazon’s senior leadership, Akhil Saxena, vice president, Customer Fulfilment (APAC, MENA & LATAM) & WW Customer Service, and Sarah Rhoads, Vice President, Amazon Global Air in Hyderabad.
Notably, Amazon is the first e-commerce company in India to partner with a third-party air carrier to provide a dedicated air cargo network, reaffirming its long-term commitment to strengthen its transportation infrastructure in India. Quikjet will use the aircraft to transport Amazon customer shipments to cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai.
“Telangana offers a conducive environment for the development of multi-modal connectivity and I take great pride in the fact that Hyderabad has emerged as a major hub for e-commerce distribution and supply chain activities. We have been working towards strengthening the state’s air cargo infrastructure, and we welcome the launch of Amazon Air which will further assist in making Hyderabad a cargo hub for the country and will create additional employment opportunities in the state. My heartiest congratulations to the Amazon team on this milestone, and for taking a step forward to develop a strong and resilient infrastructure which is crucial for the country’s economic growth,” said Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao.
“Amazon Air comes to India at an important time. Over the last few years, we have taken many positive steps to build our fulfillment, transportation, and logistics infrastructure in the country. Our investment in Amazon Air will only further improve the delivery experience for our customers in India. Moreover, the launch will support over 1.1 million sellers in India, enabling growth for ancillary businesses such as transportation and aviation. This marks a very important step for our sellers and our customers, as well as a huge step forward for the aviation industry. We are celebrating a significant milestone in our global mission to transform the future of logistics,” added Akhil Saxena.