Amazon’s growing air shipments to fly in the face of the climate action plan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the online retailer’s delivery operations.

FILE PHOTO: A wide-body aircraft, adorned with the Amazon Prime logo, has been discharged from Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, on 20 December 2016. Photo December 20, 2016. (REUTERS photo/Mark Makela/File Photo

However, it is the company’s use of the aircraft – the most climate-damaging mode of transportation is on the rise, according to data provided to Reuters.

In the Amazon, the Air in the U.S. volume has grown steadily ever since to its 2016 launch, according to a new analysis of the Ministry of Transport of data, the Load of the Facts Consulting a Luxembourg-based consulting firm with a global of employees, and more than four decades of its history.

It was the data from the Air Transport Services Group, Inc. and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Both the supply of aircraft and pilots for Amazon’s Air.

In July, Amazon released the Air and flew to 136 million pounds, of the goods in the United States, according to the data. This was an increase of 29% over the previous year, and 9 million pounds, with short, in December of 2018, when it is the peak holiday shipping season was in full swing.

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Bezos has said that Amazon’s cut off for the use of the aircraft, as it is more of a local store and fill them up with goods that can be delivered to the customers doorsteps in just one day or even one hour.

But for the time being, Amazon’s freight shipments to climb as it speeds up the deliveries to customers are to them, and the pressure rivals like Walmart Inc and Target Corp.

In march, Amazon has begun offering a no-minimum-purchase-of-one-day free shipping to Prime subscribers.

In the final quarter of the year saw the delivery of the charges to rise, and he warned that the holiday quarter would be the cost for a one-day shipping, only to come to a total of $1.5 billion.

The Seattle e-retailer, which passes it on to 10 billion packs per year, has declined to say what percentage of the shipments will travel by plane or to give specific examples of how the latest drive in order to shave time off of the standard two-day shipping is affected air transportation.

Last month, Amazon said its CO2 emissions by 2018, was 44.4 million tons, and it is a goal to be net climate neutral by the year 2040.

“We expect that the percentage of the total of the items to the customer, to make use of the air to diminish from one year to the next, such as a substantial increase in same-day shipments,” the Amazon spokesman, Sam Kennedy, said when he was asked about the Cargo Facts’ of the data.


A software package has flown on an airplane in the United States, an estimated 6 to 10 times more CO2 emissions than travel by road, and said, Jacques Leonardi, senior research fellow in the transport, logistics and sustainable distribution of the University of Westminster in London.

Amazon, Air lease, with 47 jets and is expected to be 50 at the end of the year. It operates about 110 flights a day, in the United States, and approximately 20 per day in Europe, according to Cargo Facts.

In June, shortly after FedEx Corp said the aircraft would have to stop with the swing packages for the online retailer, Amazon Air announced plans to have 70 aircraft are on lease through 2021.

But on Amazon it says that it is closer to the customers with our expanding network of well-stocked warehouses. The fulfillment centers to support the company’s one-day and same-day delivery services.

In a press release issued on Monday, Amazon said that these options are better for the earth, for there is not a lot of miles, and the journey from the customer’s doorsteps.

Since that time, the windows are so tight, you have to eliminate the possibility of transport by air,” Amazon’s Bezos said, at the end of September. “Even though it might sound silly, the fact of the matter is that shorter delivery times end up being less carbon intensive than the a long time.”

The products of the most of Amazon ‘ s of 158 U.S. distribution facilities, may be transmitted to the 65% of the population in a single day, said Marc Wulfraat, president of supply chain consultancy MWPVL International.

Items such as shoes, jewelry, auto parts, and a niche in the electronics of the 23 centers that span the nation, and it will most likely have to be moved by air for next-day delivery, Wulfraat said.

Amazon also relies on United Parcel Service, Inc., for air cargo shipments. The Atlanta-based delivery company, has a say in that business ever since Amazon began to expand the use of the free one-day delivery this spring, UPS, managers, and analysts.

Domestic next-day air volume at UPS has increased by more than 30% in the second quarter, and was up to almost 24% in the third quarter, driven by the acceleration of e-commerce, shipping speed, and a competitor of FedEx’s break-up with Amazon this year.

“It is all in FedEx,” said Satish Jindel, founder of logistics consulting firm ShipMatrix, noting that the express and deferred air services, sales at UPS, rose to $852 million in the second quarter and third quarter.

Amazon’s business is worth around $900 million, and FedEx prior to the split, Jindel said. Express, with shipping, for about $540 million of that, ” he said.

Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Mark Potter

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