In a first, Amazon has announced that it is expanding its air transportation fleet to serve its customers better. As part of the expansion, Amazon is buying eleven Boeing 767-300 aircraft. This purchase includes seven aircraft from Delta and four aircraft from WestJet, which will join the network by 2022.
The first four aircraft bought from WestJet will join the Amazon Air network in March 2021, while the other seven from Delta will join in 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. “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.”
Amazon Air is crucial to making quick deliveries to customers over long distances for Amazon. Last year, Amazon launched its first-ever 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.
Amazon has pumped in hundreds of millions of dollars into Amazon Air since its launch in 2016 and created thousands of jobs under Amazon Air across the U.S.