Amazon said on Tuesday that it purchased 11 aircraft from Delta Air Lines and WestJet to expand its growing distribution network and place orders with shoppers faster.
The company said this is the first time it has purchased aircraft for its transportation network. For the past two years, Amazon has been leasing aircraft to build its fleet.
Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Airlines, said in a blog: “Our growing fleet has both leased and owned aircraft, which allows us to better manage our business.”
Seattle’s Amazon has been working hard to provide most of its packages and reduce its dependence on UPS, the U.S. Postal Service and other carriers. In addition to the aircraft fleet, Amazon has also established multiple parcel sorting centers at the airport, opened warehouses near where shoppers live, and launched a plan to allow contractors to start using Amazon-branded trucks for delivery package.
Amazon said that these 11 aircraft are all Boeing 767-300 aircraft and will be modified to carry cargo rather than passengers. The four aircraft it purchased from WestJet will join Amazon’s fleet this year, while the seven aircraft it purchased from Delta will be ready next year. By 2022, these purchases will bring the total fleet to 85 aircraft.
Amazon declined to say how much it paid for these aircraft.
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