Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) plans to build a new centralized air hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in Hebron, Kentucky that will support its growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes, help the company meet demand from Amazon Prime members for fast, reliable delivery, and create more than 2,000 new jobs, the company said.
Last year, Amazon entered into agreements with two carriers to lease 40 dedicated cargo airplanes to support Prime members with fast, free shipping. Today, 16 of those planes are in service for Amazon customers with more planes rolling out over time. Amazon´s Prime Air hub at CVG will support Amazon´s dedicated fleet of Prime Air cargo planes by loading, unloading, and sorting packages.
Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure great delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including Amazon Flex, the company´s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of 4,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and a network of air cargo planes.
These efforts join Amazon´s robust worldwide network of 149 fulfillment centers and over 20 sortation centers where the company uses algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for its customers.
Amazon engages in the retail sale of consumer products in North America and internationally. It operates through the North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) segments.