The online E-commerce giant have just acquired new airplanes in order to make their network of delivery much faster and more convenient for the final user. The Online shopping company which is easily the biggest name in the E-commerce world has acquired a total of 11 planes from Delta and WestJet airlines in a bid to further improve their delivery system and send items to people faster. This is the first time that Amazon has purchased planes for its delivery system as in the past, the company has always leased planes instead of actually buying them.
On the occasion, Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air said that “Having a mix of both leased and owned aircraft in our growing fleet allows us to better manage our operations”. It should be noted that all of the 11 planes bought by Amazon are Boeing 767-300s and these planes shall be converted from passenger aircrafts to cargo aircrafts as means to help their own cause.
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Four of the 11 aircrafts have been purchased from the American airliner, WestJet, and the rest were acquired from another American airline, namely, Delta. We should also bring to attention the fact that the planes bought from WestJet will join Amazon’s fleet this year, and the planes from Delta will join next year. This will increase Amazon’s total fleet of planes to 85 by 2022.
The company thus far has refused to comment on the money they paid to acquire these aircrafts, however, we might get some insight through Amazon’s annual report for the 2020 fiscal year. In contrast, Amazon has for long been working to deliver most of its packages itself and want to reduce the influence of third-party services such as UPS, the US Postal Service and other known carriers as much as possible.