Amazon has a new plan to get their deliveries in time to their customers…and they made need Andy’s help!
According to Reuters, Amazon has signed a deal to lease 20 Boeing 767 cargo planes from Air Transport Services Group. Pretty cool!
Cargo planes have no passenger seats and, instead, only carry goods, or cargo.
You can ship just about anything by cargo plane. Letters, packages, cars, horses, construction equipment and even other airplanes can be shipped air freight.
Here are some fun facts about the Boeing 767s:
The first 767 flew Sept. 26, 1981, 65 years after the first flight of William Boeing’s first airplane — the B&W — in June 1916.
The paint used on a typical 767 weighs 400 pounds.
The basic 767, at a maximum gross weight of 300,000 pounds, can take off on only 5,700 feet of runway.
The 767 has approximately 3,140,000 parts.
The 767 is capable of cruising at altitudes of up to 43,000 feet.
The 767 flies automatically, from takeoff climb through landing, with the help of 140 microprocessors and computers.
The sound of a 767 taking off from a 1.5-mile (3,000-m) runway is about the same as the average street corner traffic noise.
At the moment, Amazon relies on the cargo planes of different companies such as UPS and FedEx to ship goods across the world.
Having its own planes means Amazon won’t have to rely on couriers as much to get packages delivered to their customers. This could be especially helpful during the holidays, when many delivery systems are unable to keep up with the demand for presents!
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