Amazon Air gets a shorter name for Christmas

Amazon Air plane
Amazon’s delivery planes get a shout-out in a Christmas commercial. (Amazon via YouTube)

Is “Amazon Prime Air” no longer a factor? Not quite, but if you’re reading the tea leaves in today’s post-holiday recap from Amazon, you’ll notice that the online retailing giant’s fleet of Boeing 767 cargo delivery jets is now called “Amazon Air.”

The references pop out in the context of how much stuff Amazon delivered during the holiday season. For example, it’s nice to know that between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Amazon Air “carried enough packages to equal over a billion Echo Dots” — which would work out to 360 million pounds, assuming that each Dot weighs 5.7 ounces. Or should we be talking volume? That’d be in the range of 8 million cubic feet.

The post-holiday recap also confirms that Amazon Air’s fleet currently comprises 32 Boeing 767 planes, with some (but not all) bearing the Prime Air livery that made its debut back at 2016’s Seafair festival in Seattle. Twenty planes are operated by Air Transport International. Twelve more are under Atlas Air’s aegis, with another eight undergoing conversion to cargo freighters for operation by Atlas.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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