Jeff Bezos' Amazon company has acquired Boeing 767-300 aircraft for the first time in order to expedite the delivery of goods purchased from the online store. The purchase includes 11 aircraft that will join the Amazon Air network this year and next.
“Our goal is to continue to provide customers in the US with the services expected from Amazon, and buying our own aircraft is the natural next step towards that goal,” said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air. “Having both leased and owned aircraft in our growing fleet allows us to better manage our operations.
Four aircraft purchased from WestJet in March are currently undergoing a passenger to cargo conversion and will join the Amazon Air network in 2021. Seven aircraft, purchased from Delta, will enter Amazon's air cargo network in 2022.
Last year, Amazon opened its first international air hub at Leipzig /Halle Airport in Germany.