The announcement is in line with Amazon's endeavour of creating jobs in India, investing in the country’s logistical infrastructure, and enhancing the delivery network.

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The announcement is in line with Amazon's endeavour of creating jobs in India, investing in the country’s logistical infrastructure, and enhancing the delivery network.

The Indian branch of Amazon launched Amazon Air, the E-commerce behemoth’s dedicated cargo fleet, to expand its reach and speed up delivery, as revealed on the company’s website. The American company had previously launched its fleet in the United States and Europe, making India the third destination for Amazon Air. The Indian fleet currently consists of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft carriers operated by Quikjet Cargo Airlines. Both airplanes will transport thousands of packages everyday across various cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Hyderabad.

Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air, stated, “We’re thrilled to launch Amazon Air in India to ensure we can provide our growing customer base with great selection, low prices, and faster deliveries.” The announcement is in line with the California-based multinational’s intentions of creating jobs in India, investing in the country’s logistical infrastructure, and enhancing the delivery network. Telangana’s Minister of Industries, K T Rama Rao, inaugurated the service in the vicinity of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, in the presence of Amazon’s high-ranking officials.

The planes can carry 20,000 packages each at a time according to Akhil Saxena, the Vice President of Customer Fulfillment (APAC, MENA & LATAM) and WW Customer Service. He stated, “We are partnering with a third-party carrier…Quikjet is the company through which we have leased the plane. They are operating the plane and they are maintaining it for us,” according to recent reports. K T Rama Rao said that he was proud of the recent developments as Telangana offers a favourable environment for the development of multi-modal connectivity.

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