Sony’s Expensive PS5 U.S. Shipping Plan Involves 60 Cargo Planes

Sony is chartering a fleet of 60 cargo planes to ensure it can deliver enough PS5 units to the US market in time for launch.

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Sony is desperate to make those PS5 shipments in time, particularly in the United States. | Source:

  • Sony is drafting in a fleet of 60 planes to ship the PS5.
  • The company is footing a considerable bill to ensure enough supply of PS5s arrive in the US for launch later this year.
  • The gaming giant is expected to reveal the PS5 release date and pricing information during tomorrow’s showcase.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, as the old adage goes, and Sony aims to stick the landing when the PS5 release later this year – quite literally.

According to analyst and fount of gaming insights Daniel Ahmad, Sony is looking to draft in a fleet of cargo planes to ensure it can deliver enough PS5 units to the US market in time for launch.

Millions of PS5s to take to the skies. | Source: Twitter

Citing an interview with Delta China Air Cargo head Jerry Tai as a source, Ahmad explains Sony will charter no less than 60 Delta 747 flights/aircraft (currently unverified), which it intends to pack full with the next-gen console.

The Japanese giant is foregoing the traditional sea route for the sake of expediency and will reportedly rack up a significant bill to see what will conceivably be millions of the PS5 take to the skies.

Ahmad posits that these 60 flights don’t represent the full extent of Sony’s shipment plans as they only concern one carrier. The real scope of the company’s efforts may be substantially broader, especially if we factor in other regions, for which Sony may have implemented similar air freight plans.

Massive Demand for the PS5

In the context of today’s news that Sony is downgrading its production forecast by 4 million units to bring the total to 11 million for the end of the fiscal year in March 2021, the chartered flights suggest Sony anticipates significant demand for the PS5. Such measures indicate Sony is confident the PS5 will sell like hotcakes come Holiday 2020.

And, this, before it has even announced a release date or pricing information for its dual-pronged next-gen spread – full-fat PS5 and all-digital disc-less PS5 – although the company is expected to reveal these details during tomorrow’s showcase.

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