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Amazon's Prime Air takes off

SEATTLE, WA: August 05, 2016. As Amazon takes delivery of its first B767 in the new 'Prime Air' livery, the company has reported net income of US$1.37 billion for the first six months of 2016 on net sales of US$59.53 billion.

 Amazon Prime Air 3Net sales increased 31 percent to US$30.4 billion in the second quarter ending June 30 compared with $23.2 billion last year, and net income jumped from US$92 million in 2015 to $857 million in the same period.

Named 'Amazon One' and operated by Atlas Air, the B767-300 aircraft is one of 11 currently in service from Atlas and the Air Transport Services Group. Amazon has committed to leasing a total of 40 aircraft - adding to a dedicated road trailer fleet of 4,000 units.

"Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come," commented Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations. "Adding capacity for Prime members by developing a dedicated air cargo network ensures there is enough available capacity to provide customers with great selection, low prices and incredible shipping speeds for years to come. Over the next couple of years, we'll roll out 40 planes just like this one."

Amazon has a worldwide network of 125 fulfillment centers and over 20 sort centers using high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technology to increase delivery speeds for customers.

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