Amazon Buys 11 Planes to Make Faster Deliveries

The e-commerce giant launched its air transport division four years ago, but previously had leased planes. Amazon announced on Tuesday (5) that it had bought jets from two airlines, strengthening its delivery network as online shopping increased and travel decreased during the pandemic.

The e-commerce giant launched its air transport division four years ago, but previously had hired planes.

The Seattle-based company said it had purchased 11 Boeing 767-300 aircraft, seven from Delta and four from WestJet.

“Our goal is to continue serving customers across the United States in the way they expect from Amazon, and buying our own aircraft is the next natural step toward that goal,” said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air, in a statement.

“Having a combination of rented and owned aircraft in our growing fleet allows us to better manage our operations, which helps us to keep pace with delivering on promises to customers.”

 

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