Amazon.com’s logistics plans could take another interesting step forward after a German newspaper reported that the Seattle-based online retailing powerhouse is considering the purchase of the Frankfurt-Hahn airport.
The German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that discussions between Amazon and the airport had taken place, and that the airport planned to decide between three possible bidders soon. The freight industry news site Lloyd’s Loading List noted that the Hahn airport is located near Koblenz, Germany where Amazon operates a large fulfillment center, one described as covering the same amount of space as 17 football pitches.
The Frankfurt-Hahn airport boasts an especially long runway of 12,467 feet, making it ideal for cargo flights.
Last month, Amazon confirmed that it leased 20 Boeing 767 freighters from Air Transport Services Group, part of an effort to more efficiently deliver products to customers.
Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, said in a news release at the time that the company is “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.”
Bloomberg reported in February that Amazon is in the midst of building a global logistics operation, one which could challenge freight carriers such as UPS and FedEx. The idea is to expand Fulfillment by Amazon, linking sellers of goods more directly with buyers across the globe.
“Sellers will no longer book with DHL, UPS or Fedex but will book directly with Amazon,” according to a 2013 Amazon report that Bloomberg obtained which detailed the plans for the secret project known as Dragon Boat. “The ease and transparency of this disintermediation will be revolutionary and sellers will flock to FBA given the competitive pricing.”