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Amazon Looks to Sell Excess Air Cargo Space as Demand Cools

  • Retailer could fill empty planes with Hawaiian pineapples
  • Air cargo effort is latest move after Amazon’s rapid growth
An Amazon.com Inc. Prime Air cargo jet in Hebron, Kentucky. 

An Amazon.com Inc. Prime Air cargo jet in Hebron, Kentucky. 

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. is trying to sell excess space on its cargo planes, according to people familiar with the matter, its latest effort to adjust from a rapid pandemic-era expansion to a slowdown in online growth. 

The e-commerce retailer, which has a fleet of about 100 planes in the US and Europe, in recent months has hired executives with experience marketing cargo space for airlines. Possibilities include filling empty jets returning from Hawaii and Alaska with pineapples and salmon, according to two of the people. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the plans.