Amazon is bolstering its business in India with the introduction of air cargo flights that will ensure a faster delivery to customers.
The company is using Boeing 737-800 flights to ship packages between Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai, according to Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air.
Amazon’s investment in building out its logistics division in India comes at a time when CEO Andy Jassy is making cuts across the board in response to slowing sales and the global economic downturn. Just last week, Amazon began laying off 18,000 employees, marking the largest layoff in the company’s nearly three-decade-long history.
“The launch will support over 1.1 million sellers in India, enabling growth for ancillary businesses such as transportation and aviation,” said Akhil Saxon, Amazon APAC, MENA & LATAM customer fulfillment and worldwide customer service vice president. “This marks a very important step for our sellers and our customers, as well as a huge step forward for the aviation industry.”
Amazon Air was first launched in the U.S. and was later expanded to Europe. Its launch in India marks its expansion in Asia and strengthens its position in a country that is projected to become the largest eCommerce market in the world.