Amazon buys aircraft to transport goods
Added on Wed January 27th, 2021
Amazon announced to buy 11 Boeing 767-300s from Delta and WestJet. This is the first time it has purchased aircraft for its fleet – up to now it has leased them -, a sign of growing demand for cargo carriers and fast deliveries, especially in this period of health emergency.
WestJet’s planes are being converted from transport passenger to cargo and they are expected to join the company’s growing Amazon Air network of leased aircraft in 2021. Delta’s seven aircraft are expected to join the fleet in 2022. Amazon has stated that it will continue to rely on third-party aircraft alongside these new aircraft.
Amazon forsees its cargo fleet will consist of 85 aircraft by the end of 2022.
Amazon continues to rely on third-party providers such as FedEx and UPS for deliveries, but the expansion of its air cargo network reflects its broader plans to bring delivery services in-house as well. It is possible that the online retail giant, which has a growing network of trucks, vans and planes, may one day be able to compete with these services.
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