Amazon made its first-ever purchase of Boeing 767-300 aircraft, expanding its fleet to continue to serve customers.
The purchase includes 11 aircrafts, 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,” said Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air.
Ms Rhoads further added, “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 with meeting our customer promises.”
The 4 aircrafts purchased in March 2020 from WestJet will join the Amazon’s air network in 2021 after going through the passenger to cargo conversion.
Amazon expects to rely on third-party carriers to operate these new aircrafts.
Last year Amazon launched its first-ever international air hub at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany and new regional air operations at Lakeland Linder International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Richmond International Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Kahului Airport, Kona International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Since the launch of Amazon Air in 2016, the company has created thousands of job opportunities and work towards a sustainable future by adopting decarbonizing methods.