Amazon Air cargo service launches in India even as company cuts costs

A wide body aircraft emblazoned with Amazon’s Prime logo lands at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S. December 20, 2016. Picture taken December 20, 2016. To match Insight AMAZON.COM-SHIPPING/ REUTERS/Mark Makela

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Amazon on Monday announced it’s bringing its air cargo operations to India, marking fresh growth for the company’s logistics arm even as it looks to cut costs in other divisions.

The e-retailer is using two Boeing 737-800 aircraft flown by Quikjet Cargo Airlines to ship packages between Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Amazon Air will enable the company to offer faster deliveries to customers in India, said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air, in a statement.

The launch of Amazon Air in India comes as Amazon CEO Andy Jassy is undergoing a broad review of the company’s expenses as it stares down a worsening economic outlook and slowing retail sales. Last week, Amazon

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