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Re: Post Office Contracting Air Freight (and Amazon)

Tue May 01, 2018 5:08 pm

Despite how it’s sometimes reported, Amazon doesn’t own any planes. They simply lease capacity on an ACMI term.
 
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Post Office Contracting Air Freight (and Amazon)

Tue May 01, 2018 5:08 pm

I understand the US post office contracts flying from others. Do they buy whole flights, or just capacity? How many airplanes (or fractional airplane equivalents) do they use? Who do they contact from? Any most importantly ... is the USPS doing things the right way? I notice that Amazon has gone a different route, and I wonder which is better.
 
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Re: Post Office Contracting Air Freight (and Amazon)

Tue May 01, 2018 5:17 pm

As far as I know, with the USPS most Priority and Express flies on FedEx aircraft, while First Class mostly flies on commercial airliners. I think UPS used to also fly some First Class, but no longer does.
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Re: Post Office Contracting Air Freight (and Amazon)

Tue May 01, 2018 5:32 pm

As 1337Delta764 noted, the USPS uses FedEx to handle airport-to-airport transport of USPS Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail within the U.S since 2001. The contract was renewed first in 2013 and was recently extended through 2024.

As for Amazon, while rumors persist that they intend to place a significant (50-100 frame) order with Boeing for new-build 767-300Fs, at the moment Amazon Air is operated via 767-200 and 767-300 P2F frames operated on their behalf by Air Transport International, ABX Air and Atlas Air.

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