Amazon Air Network: The e-commerce giant Amazon announced that the company bought 11 used Boeing 767-300 jets from Delta and WestJet airlines. This step comes to boost Amazon’s cargo capacity and get orders to shoppers faster.
However, the Seattle-based company has been steadily building up its air cargo fleet over the years through leasing agreements. But this is the first time Amazon has ever owned commercial jets.
“Our goal is to continue delivering for customers across the U.S. in the way that they expect from Amazon, and purchasing our own aircraft is a natural next step toward that goal,” said Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air, said in a press release. “Having a mix of both leased and owned aircraft in our growing fleet allows us to better manage our operations, which in turn helps us to keep pace in meeting our customer promises,” he added.
The intention is clear, as the e-commerce player wants to deliver most of its packages itself and rely less on other carriers like UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, etc.
Notably, Amazon launched its air fleet in 2016. And according to some speculations, the company will have more than 85 planes by the end of 2022, both leased and owned.
It seems like Amazon now accelerates its push to own the entire logistics chain and end its relationship with companies like FedEx and UPS.
As per the company, all 11 Boeing 767-300s will be converted to hold cargo instead of passengers. Interestingly, the four jets that it is buying from WestJet will join Amazon Air’s Network this year. However, the seven planes, bought from Delta, will be ready by next year.