Amazon Purchases Aircraft

Amazon has purchased 11 Boeing 767-300 aircraft, its first-ever purchase of airplanes to expand its distribution fleet. The purchases include seven aircraft from Delta and four aircraft from WestJet, which will join the network by 2022. “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,” says Sarah Rhoads, vice-president of Amazon Global Air. “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.” The air fleet plays a central role in the company’s shipping operations by transporting items across longer distances in shorter time frames. The company will continue to rely on third-party carriers to operate the aircraft. It owns air hubs at airports in several countries and makes efforts towards sustainability with sustainable aviation fuel, electric ground service equipment, and solar rooftops.