Amazon Air Purchases 11 Boeing 767-300s From Delta and WestJet
For the first time, Amazon has purchased 11 Boeing 767-300s from Delta Air Lines and WestJet. The aircraft will enter service with Amazon Air in 2021 and 2022, joining their current fleet of leased aircraft.
On Tuesday (January 5, 2020), Amazon announced the purchase of 11 Boeing 767-300s from Delta Air Lines and WestJet. While Amazon Air currently operates a fleet of leased aircraft, this is the first time the company has made a direct purchase. Four 767-300s purchased from WestJet last March are currently being converted to freighters and will join Amazon Air’s network in 2021, while the seven additional aircraft purchased from Delta will enter service in 2022.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Amazon Global Air’s Vice President, Sarah Rhodes, said,
“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. 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.”
Last year, Amazon launched their first-ever international air hub at Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany and the company continues to expand their global operations. In 2020, the company also started new regional air operations at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Lakeland, Florida, 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 Air was launched in 2016 and since then the company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and created thousands of jobs across Amazon Air facilities in the U.S. In 2020, the company announced the purchase of six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel, as part of the company’s comprehensive sustainability efforts, complementing their previous investment in cutting-edge electric ground service equipment (GSE) vehicles.
Source: Amazon Air