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NUTC Seminar - Joseph P. Schwieterman - "Blue Skies for Amazon Air: An Assessment of the Expanding Capabilities of Amazon's Cargo Airline"

When: Thursday, October 14, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Andrea Cehaic   (847) 491-7287

Group: Northwestern University Transportation Center

Category: Academic


"Blue Skies for Amazon Air:  An Assessment of the Expanding Capabilities of Amazon's Cargo Airline"

Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D.

Abstract: Amazon Air, the express shipment airline of retailing giant Amazon, has more than doubled in size in the past 18 months, growing to more than 70 planes and 50 airports. This presentation draws on data on 3,500 takeoffs and landings between May 2020 and August 2021 to illustrate the airline’s changing role and strategic direction.  It provides analysis of Amazon Air flights using ArcGIS software to measure the rising share of the U.S. population within 100 miles of one of its airports.  The presentation also explores how Amazon Air will augment the retailer’s push for more next-day delivery as well reviews the capabilities of its newly opened Cincinnati CVG hub as well as its expanding Chicago Rockford Airport operations.

Speaker Bio: Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D., is a professor of Public Service and Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. Professor Schwieterman earned an M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern in 1983, spent eight years in market pricing at United Airlines, and holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.  Professor Schwieterman’s research on mobility and transportation has drawn national media attention.  He is currently President of the Transportation Research Forum.


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