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Pilots who fly for Amazon Air earn 33% less than their colleagues at UPS and FedEx for flying the exact same planes (AMZN)

More than a dozen current and former pilots who fly for Amazon Air told Business Insider about a culture of overwork and underpay at their employers, which contract air services to Amazon.  ABX, ATI, and Atlas pilots, who fly your Amazon Prime packages, all make considerably less than pilots at other cargo airlines, including FedEx and UPS.  "Amazon is doing everything possible to keep their shipping expense low because it's ballooning," one analyst told Business Insider.    The pilots who ...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, Walmart, Amazon Prime, UPS, Atlas, Boeing, Fedex, Ati, Abx, Mercedes Benz, ATSG, AMZN, Alpa, National Mediation Board


An Amazon Air plane crashed in February, killing all 3 people on board. Weeks earlier, several pilots said they thought an accident was inevitable.

An Amazon Air plane called CustomAir Obsession crashed on February 23, killing all three people on board. The cause of the crash remains unknown. In conversations with Business Insider before the crash, several pilots who fly planes for Amazon Air said they thought an accident was inevitable. These planes aren't owned by Amazon, and the people maintaining and flying these jumbo jets aren't Amazon employees. They're employees of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdin...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, Texas, China, US, America, Trends, UPS, Atlas, George Bush, Delta, Bob, Houston, DHL, Seattle, Faa


Experts doubt turbulence caused crash of cargo jet in Texas

DALLAS (AP) — Aviation experts say they doubt turbulence could have brought down a cargo jet that crashed into a Texas bay in February, speculating that human error or a massive malfunction are more likely culprits. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why Atlas Air Flight 3591 suddenly dropped as it approached a Houston […]
Tags: Texas, News, Ap, Nation, Dallas, Houston, National Transportation Safety Board, Atlas Air


Cargo plane appears to have hit turbulence before crash

DALLAS (AP) — A Boeing 767 appears to have hit turbulence a minute before it dropped into a rapid descent and smashed into a Texas bay in February, killing all three people aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board says “small vertical accelerations” suggest Atlas Air Flight 3591 entered turbulence soon after the pilots had descended […]
Tags: Texas, News, Ap, Nation, Dallas, Boeing, National Transportation Safety Board, Atlas Air


Pilots likely lost control of the plane carrying Amazon cargo before the crash killed all 3 onboard, according to an initial review of the cockpit recordings

An Atlas Air cargo plane that was transporting Amazon goods crashed in Texas on Feb. 23, killing all three onboard. The National Transportation Safety Board has finally extracted the black boxes from the mud in which the plane crashed. According to the NTSB's preliminary review of the cockpit audio released on March 5, the pilots likely lost control of the plane 18 seconds before the recording ends .    The National Transportation Safety Board has reached some early conclusions on what hap...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Trends, Usps, George Bush, Miami, Houston, Faa, Boeing, Caribbean, Federal Aviation Administration, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board, GTI, ATSG, Robert Sumwalt


541 Airline Cabins

We look at the airline cabin environment, cameras in seatback IFE systems, Alaska Airlines and Sisters of the Skies working for more industry diversity, bringing a gun on a plane, the Amazon Prime Air B767 crash, a new drone marking requirement, and the winners of the Chicken Wings comics giveaway. Guest Jennifer Coutts Clay, author of Jetliner Cabins Jennifer Coutts Clay is the principal of J. Clay Consulting, a consultancy based on over four decades of pioneering work in the airline indus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York City, US, Cnn, Drone, United States, George Bush, Accident, Miami, Aviation, Panasonic, Houston, Sfo, Faa, Boeing


'It's a ticking time bomb': A pilot for one of Amazon Air's contract airlines said the company overworked its pilots

Pilots for the airline Atlas Air, which operated an Amazon Air flight that crashed and killed all three of its occupants on Saturday, told Business Insider in the weeks before the crash that Atlas has a tendency of overworking its pilots. Thirteen pilots who work for airlines that Amazon Air contracts with have told Business Insider that their pay and benefits fall below industry standards. All but one of those pilots said that means pilots on Amazon Air flights tend to be less experienced. "I...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Texas, US, Trends, UPS, Atlas, Usps, Chrysler, Miami, Ohio, Motherboard, Houston, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration


'It's a ticking time bomb': A pilot for one of Amazon Air's contract airlines said the company overworks its pilots

Pilots for the airline Atlas Air, which operated an Amazon Air flight that crashed and killed all three of its occupants on Saturday, told Business Insider in the weeks before the crash that Atlas tends to overwork its pilots. Thirteen pilots who work for airlines that Amazon Air contracts with have told Business Insider that their pay and benefits fall below industry standards. All but one of those pilots said that means pilots on Amazon Air flights tend to be less experienced. "It's a tickin...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Texas, US, Trends, UPS, Atlas, Usps, Italy, Miami, Ohio, Motherboard, Houston, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration


Amazon mourns 'terrible tragedy' as police video shows trail of wreckage after cargo plane crash

Amazon said its thoughts are with the crew killed after one of its cargo planes crashed outside Houston, Texas, on Saturday. Two bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the Boeing 767 cargo jet. Police posted a video of the debris, which stretches for a mile along Trinity Bay. Captain Sean Archuleta has been named as one of those on the cargo flight. Amazon said it is mourning a "terrible tragedy" after an Amazon Prime Air cargo plane crashed into a bay outside Houston, Texas, on Satu...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Trends, Fox, George Bush, Miami, Amazon Prime Air, Houston, Boeing, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board, Houston Texas, Twitter Amazon, Trinity Bay, Dave Clark, Robert Sumwalt


Amazon Air cargo plane operated by Atlas crashes in Texas, killing 3 on board

An Atlas cargo plane flying on behalf of Amazon Air — Amazon’s own freight delivery service that competes with FedEx and UPS, among others — has crashed outside Houston, Texas, killing three people on board. Amazon and Atlas both confirmed the accident with short statements. Neither provided any details on the nature of the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate t...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Texas, Tech, UPS, Atlas, Miami, Amazon Prime Air, Houston, Faa, Boeing, Fedex, Federal Aviation Administration, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board, Houston Texas


Amazon Air Jet Crashes in Texas, With Three on Board Believed Dead

An Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed in a bay near Anahuac, Texas on Saturday afternoon with three people on board, according to multiple media reports and the Federal Aviation Administration. The flight, which was contracted to fly cargo for Amazon Air (formerly Prime Air), went down while flying to Houston…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Science, Technology, Air Travel, Airplanes, Aviation, Plane Crash, Houston, Federal Aviation Administration, Amazon Air, Atlas Air Boeing, Atlas Air, Anahuac Texas, Flight 3591, Amazon Air Jet Crashes


Farewell to the 727, the ‘earth-trembling’ workhorse that brought air travel to millions

One of the aircraft that introduced the fundamentals of modern comfort and convenience to millions of travellers has flown its last passenger service. The Boeing 727 might not have been responsible for the dawn of the jet age, but its record-breaking popularity in the Sixties and Seventies was testament to the seachange it helped force when it became the stalwart of some of the world’s largest airlines. After its 1963 debut, it was the first Boeing commercial plane to sell more than 1,000 units ...
Tags: Europe, Science, North Korea, Mexico, US, San Francisco, Iran, UPS, Switzerland, Fokker, Kenya, Venezuela, Cia, Dc, Tehran, Donald Trump


Amazon Air expands with 10 more cargo aircraft, bringing fleet to 50 planes

Days after FedEx CEO Frederick Smith dismissed the Amazon threat to its business during the company’s earnings call, Amazon announced an expansion of its two-year old Amazon Air operation which will now add ten 767-300 dedicated Amazon cargo aircraft to its fleet. The planes are being leased from existing partner, Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), which Amazon had previously tapped back in 2016 for 20 Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. Before today’s announcement, Amazon’s air fleet o...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, China, Germany, Planes, Tech, E-commerce, United States, Merrill Lynch, Prime, Smith, Boeing, Fedex, Cargo, American Airlines, Miami Florida


FEDEX: We aren't afraid of Amazon (AMZN, FDX)

FedEx addressed concerns around Amazon's growing shipping ambitions on its quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, stressing it doesn't see Amazon's air delivery as a threat. FedEx's management highlighted that it is not directly competing with Amazon and that the two companies have a close relationship. Instead of labeling Amazon as the biggest threat, FedEx said the biggest enemy to its business right now has been bad political choices. Watch FedEx trade live. Despite recent analyst...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Europe, China, Germany, Trends, UPS, United States, Smith, Morgan Stanley, Boeing, Fedex, Blackrock, FDX, ATSG, Frederick Smith


Amazon's fleet of 767s is bad news for FedEx and UPS, Morgan Stanley says (AMZN, FDX, UPS)

Amazon's cargo planes are poised to take market share from UPS and FedEx, Morgan Stanley said. The online retailer had leased 40 Boeing 767 cargo planes and invested aggressively in its first air-cargo hub. Amazon's air-delivery system could lead to as much as a combined 10% drop in revenue for UPS and FedEx. Watch UPS, FedEx, and Amazon trade live. Amazon's  cargo planes are poised to take market share from the l ogistics giants UPS and FedEx, Morgan Stanley says. "The market ...
Tags: Amazon, China, Trends, UPS, Morgan Stanley, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, FDX, ATSG, Amazon Air, Ravi Shanker, Atlas Air, Hebron Kentucky, Shanker, UPS Morgan Stanley, FedEx Morgan Stanley


Pilots working for airlines that transport packages for Amazon are not happy — and many are considering quitting, a survey found (AMZN)

Amazon Air relies upon cargo airliners like Atlas Air, Southern Air, and ABX Air to transport its packages. But pilots from those airlines say they're getting fed up with pay and benefits that they say are below industry standards. A survey of pilots at those carriers, conducted by the Teamsters Local 1224 union of the Airline Professionals Association, found that 60% of respondents said they plan to leave their current airline. Pilots working for the group of airlines responsible for making ...
Tags: Amazon, Washington, Trends, UPS, Atlas, DHL, Abx, Kirchner, Air Transport Services Group, AMZN, Deutsche Post DHL, Amazon Air, Atlas Air, Atlas Air Worldwide, Watch Amazon, Atlas Air Southern Air


9 Fly with Gevo’s Jet Fuel from O’Hare on “Fly Green Day” 

In Illinois, today is Fly Green Day, sponsored by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. 7 commercial airlines, plus Atlas Air and FedEx are flying out of O’Hare today on Gevo-based sustainable aviation fuel. Among them: Lufthansa, United Airlines, Etihad, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Atlas Air — and the afore-mentioned FedEx. As far as ‘Fly Green Day’ goes, Fans of the punk band Green Day are probably going to be wandering around th...
Tags: Navy, Time, Top Stories, Emirates, San Diego, Seattle, Illinois, Virgin Australia, Etihad, Gevo, Korean Air, United, United Airlines, Fedex, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa


FRIDAY PHOTOS: A New User Joins the NYCAviation Photo Hangar

Some great photos were added to the NYCAviation Photo Hangar this week. User Michael Wass uploaded and tagged the 25 photos needed to have his portfolio reviewed by our team of Dispatchers. Yesterday, all 25 photos in his portfolio were approved, and he now has unrestricted access to upload ot the Photo Hangar. Any additional photos he uploads will be immediately visible once they have been tagged. Of course, the Dispatch team will check in from time to time, just to make sure that everything me...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Spotlight, Aviation, Edinburgh, Boeing, British Airways, Michael, COLUMBUS Ohio, United States Air Force, Port Columbus, Port Columbus International Airport, Doug Kalitta, Stewart International Airport, Ruslan, Rickenbacker International Airport


Amazon is quietly exploring ways to use self-driving cars to deliver packages (AMZN)

Amazon has quietly formed a team to explore how it can best use driverless technology, the Wall Street Journal first reported Monday. The 12-person team, formed over a year ago, isn't building self-driving vehicles but is exploring how the tech can be used to improve package delivery, according to the report. An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment. This isn't the first time we've heard Amazon could make a play in the autonomous driving sector. In...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, UPS, Amazon China, Seattle, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Sebastian, ATSG, AMZN, Baird Equity Research, Colin Sebastian, China Amazon, Atlas Air


Amazon is quietly exploring ways to use self-driving vehicles to deliver packages (AMZN)

Amazon has quietly formed a team to explore how it can best use driverless technology, the Wall Street Journal first reported Monday. The 12-person team, formed over a year ago, isn't building self-driving vehicles but is exploring how the tech can be used to improve package delivery, according to the report. An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment. This isn't the first time we've heard Amazon could make a play in the autonomous driving sector. In...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, UPS, Amazon China, Seattle, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Sebastian, ATSG, AMZN, Baird Equity Research, Colin Sebastian, China Amazon, Atlas Air


Boeing will convert 9 used 767s for Amazon’s Prime Air cargo fleet

Atlas Air on Tuesday said Boeing will convert nine used 767 passenger airplanes into freighters that Atlas will use to fulfill its air delivery contract with Amazon. Boeing may open a new freighter conversion facility in China or Taiwan to do the work.
Tags: Amazon, Business, News, China, Taiwan, Boeing, Boeing & Aerospace, Atlas Air


Amazon is growing its shipping network an absurd amount — and that could be bad news for FedEx (amzn)

Amazon has grown a tremendous amount over the years. Bloomberg's Devin Leonard reports that Amazon's annual revenue in 2010 was $34 billion. As of last year, that grew to $107 billion. The number of employees has also grown tremendously from 33,700 workers in 2010 to 268,900 as of June. Gene Munster, an internet industry analyst at Piper Jaffray, told Bloomberg that Amazon is expected to sell 7.2 billion items this year. By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 12.6 billion items. But gettin...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, UPS, US Postal Service, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Fedex, Bezos, Piper Jaffray, Leonard, Gene Munster, Air Transport Services Group


414 F/A-18, F-16, PBY, and P8 from Farnborough International Airshow 2016

More interviews from the Farnborough 2016 Airshow. We also discuss the future of widebody airliners, the U.S. Air Force pilot shortage, jetBlue air turbulence, an F-22 grounded by bees, an evacuation at a JFK terminal, a ride with the Geico Skytypers, and does the U.S. needs an airshow like Paris? Farnborough International Airshow 2016 We bring you more interviews from the Farnborough 2016 Airshow. You’ll hear about the F/A-18, the F-16, the PBY, and the P8. F/A-18 at Farnborough 2016 F-1...
Tags: UK, Navy, Boston, Sacramento, David, Paris, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, F-22, Jfk, Nikon, Air Force, Faa, Boeing, Jetblue


Amazon launches Prime Air, its own dedicated cargo planes to speed delivery

 Delivery by drone or self-driving trucks may not be here any time soon for Amazon.com. But the e-commerce juggernaut plans to launch its first ever branded cargo plane, the Amazon One, at Seattle’s SeaFair Air Show on Friday. The plane is a a Boeing 767-300 operated by Atlas Air, an existing provider of air cargo services for Amazon.com. In a press statement ahead of the event, the… Read More
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Ecommerce, Tech, Amazon.com, E-commerce, Aviation, Amazon Prime Air, Logistics, Seattle, Delivery, Boeing, ATSG, Air Cargo, Amazon Air


FedEx insists that Amazon's expanding shipping network isn't a threat (AMZN)

Despite all the rumors swirling about Amazon's in-house shipping network that could potentially rival FedEx or UPS, FedEx doesn't see it as a big threat at this point. During its earnings call on Wednesday, FedEx's executive VP Mike Glenn addressed investors' concerns around Amazon's growing shipping ambitions, stressing that relations between FedEx and Amazon continue to be "close." "Because of our close relationship with Amazon and close collaboration, we have a very clear and specific underst...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, UPS, Fedex, RBC Capital, Glenn, ATSG, Mark Mahaney, Mike Glenn, Atlas Air


Amazon's growing air network (AMZN)

Shipping is a huge cost for Amazon and its customers. To reduce those costs, Amazon is getting more directly involved in shipping, with moves like buying a portion of aircraft leasing network ATSG in March, and signing a leasing deal with Atlas Air in May.  Analysts at Pacific Crest were able to identify seven main airports Amazon is using today, and map some of the routes out. The airports include Allentown, Pennsylvania; Covington, Kentucky, near the Ohio border; Dallas-Fort Worth; Phoenix; On...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Stockton, Ohio, Southern California, Ontario, Northern California, Phoenix, Dallas Fort Worth, Tampa Florida, Allentown Pennsylvania, Pacific Crest, Wilmington Ohio, ATSG, AMZN, Covington Kentucky


Air Cargo Deal Gives Amazon More Control Over Deliveries

Amazon has entered a 10-year lease agreement with Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, the aircraft company announced last week. Under the agreement, Amazon has the right to buy up to 30 percent of Atlas Air. Amazon will lease a fleet of 20 Boeing 767-300 converted freighters -- including crew, maintenance and insurance -- for seven years, with extensions to 10 years. Amazon also will dry lease from Atlas Air's Titan Aviation unit for 10 years. The dry lease operation calls for Atlas Air to provide...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Boeing, Atlas Air


Brand News: Captain America, Apple, Boaty McBoatface and More

IN THE NEWS: Audi brand enjoys the ride with Marvel and Captain America: Civil War (opening in cinemas this weekend with a $200 million marketing push) as Hyundai wants in on product placement action too. Apple partners with SAP in enterprise deal as company urged by Cupertino mayor to pay more taxes, petitions to sell refurbished phones in India and CEO Tim Cook heads to China for “damage control” meetings including iPhone slump and trademark case. Boaty McBoatface wins popular vote but loses ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Spacex, UK, Instagram, Rihanna, California, Youtube, China, India, Marvel, Advertising, US, America


Amazon just leased another 20 cargo planes as it continues to beef up its delivery network (AMZN)

Amazon has agreed to lease 20 cargo planes from Atlas Air Worldwide on Thursday, just two months after announcing a similar deal with another aircraft leasing company. The announcement, made through Atlas Air's press office, includes the lease of 20 Boeing 767 freight aircrafts and support around  crew, maintenance, and insurance. It also gives Amazon the right to buy up to 20% of Atlas Air's  common shares, with options to acquire an additional 10% of the shares. The deal could last 7 t...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Boeing, Sebastian, ATSG, AMZN, Baird Equity Research, Colin Sebastian, Brian Olsavsky, Atlas Air, Atlas Air Worldwide


Pilots flying DHL express cargo prepare for strike

NATIONWIDE As two major cargo holding companies Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Southern Air Holdings, Inc. move forward in an acquisition that would strengthen Deutsche Post DHL's influence over the two holding companies' airlines, namely, AAWW's Atlas Air and Polar Air and SAI's Southern Air and Florida West, pilots for the airlines are raising ... (more)
Tags: DHL, Florida West, Deutsche Post DHL, AAWW, Atlas Air, Polar Air, Southern Air