As Amazon Air Expands, Report Sees Potential Challenge to UPS, FedEx and USPS

Amazon Air is poised for a summertime growth spurt that could send its daily schedule to more than 160 flights per day and expand its fleet to make it a potential carrier of business-to-consumer packages outside the network, positioning the company as a competitor to FedEx Corp., UPS Inc., the U.S. Postal Service and other air and ground carriers, a new report said.

“Amazon is a star performer in the air cargo world,” said Joseph Schwieterman, director of DePaul University of Chicago’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development and a co-author of “Primed and Positioned, Strategic Moves by Amazon Air,” a report from the institute, which analyzed Amazon Air’s growth and expanding flight schedule in the U.S. and Europe.

“It’s taking some risks to help build up the network rapidly, no doubt to help protect the company’s supply chain,” Schwieterman told Transport Topics.

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