Amazon is Now Leasing Airplanes to Help With Deliveries

When it comes to ordering things online, Amazon is one of the places people first look. With distribution all over the world, the company is currently at the forefront of technology to help deliver their products, including being the leader in the “drones for deliveries” concept. In the companies latest move, Amazon is now leasing airplanes.

A step up from your garden delivery drone, Amazon has signed a lease on not one but 20 Boeing 767 freighter planes. With the ability to control and help organise international deliveries, could this be the first step in a truly global delivery system?

In an email to ArsTechnica, Dave Clark (Amazon SVP of Customer Service) provided the following:

We offer Earth’s largest selection, great prices, and ultra-fast delivery promises to a growing group of Prime members and we’re excited to supplement our existing delivery network with a great new provider, ATSG, by adding 20 planes to ensure air cargo capacity to support one and two-day delivery for customers.

From this statement, it would seem to be the case that the new planes will be there to help support and expand on Amazon’s Prime delivery scheme, something which offers quick delivery of their products.

Am I the only one who’s expecting Amazon to create a drone carrying aircraft to help deliver their products?

Delta’s iPad App Now Allows Movie and TV Show Streaming during Flights

Passengers aboard Delta airline flights are now able to stream movies and TV shows to their chosen device via Delta’s own app. I guess things have changed since the last time I was on a flight anywhere, I was always told to turn everything off until the plane was to the right altitude and the seat belt sign turned off. Anyway, last year the FAA changed its rules on personal electronic devices allowing them to be used on all stages of the flight. Handy for when there are kids who have no idea how to turn any of the settings off.

In flight streaming has been on trial for a while now, starting on Qantas Airlines back in 2011, followed by Hawaiian Airlines almost a year ago and now it’s standard service aboard United Airlines since may this year. So much for turning off everything huh? Well I guess IOS and Android can get rid of their Airplane modes, won’t be needing them, ever.

The app itself allows passengers to stream other stuff too, flight paths, destination guides, the ability to book more flights whilst you’re on a flight. (MADNESS) iPads are becoming a bigger part of the way we “communicate” and complete tasks. American Airlines has scrapped all paperwork that pilots use and has moved it all onto iPads, this change was approved by the FAA back in 2011.

Thanks to 9to5mac for supplying us with this information.

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