Amazon has announced that it has purchased 11 used Boeing 676767-300 jets from Delta and WestJet, the first for the e-commerce giant. Through lease agreements, the company has been steadily increasing its air cargo capacity for several years, but this is the first time it has owned Amazon’s own aircraft.
The deal comes as airline prices fall due to a coronavirus epidemic and airlines are rushing to shrink their fleet amid declining passenger demand amid lockdown orders around the world. The purchase includes seven aircraft from Delta and four aircraft from WestJet, which will join Amazon’s network by 2022, the company said.
“Our goal is to continue delivering to customers in the United States the way they expect from Amazon, and our own aircraft purchase is a natural step toward that goal,” Amazon Global Air Vice President Sarah Rhodes said in a press release. “The combination of both proprietary and proprietary aircraft in our growing fleet allows us to better manage our operations, which in turn helps us keep pace with our customer commitments.”
Amazon launched its fleet in 2016, under the assumption that by 2022 it will have more than 85 aircraft, both owned and owned. According to a one-year-old analysis, Amazon delivers more than half of all its packages to the United States because it accelerates the acquisition of ownership of the entire logistics chain and the termination of its relationship with companies such as FedEx and UPS.
The purchase of new aircraft helps speed up the delivery of packages purchased through Amazon, which has seen record demand due to the epidemic.
Amazon is fast becoming a big player in the world of transportation. Clearly, as one of the largest distribution and supplier companies in history, Amazon has always been destined to play a huge role in the way people and things move around the world. But a few more recent deals from the company include the Jeff Bezos Company’s ambitions that extend beyond just package delivery.
Amazon has recently acquired the self-driving car startup Jukes, which has just unveiled the wrapper of its all-encompassing prototype robotaxi. The company has also participated in multiple fundraising rounds for electronic vehicle company Revian, which designed battery-powered vans to deliver the last mile of the delivery giant and contributed to the $ 530 million fundraiser for driverless car and truck startup Aurora. (Aurora has just acquired Uber’s self-driving car division))
And of course, the company has an interest in supplying drones. The company was recently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate as a drone airline in the United States, paving the way for commercial delivery on a trial basis. The FAA said the ruling allowed Amazon to “safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers” and allow its drones to carry packages outside the operator’s visual line.