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To Meet Demand, Amazon Makes First Direct Aircraft Purchase

: Jan 6, 2021 - : 5:34 am

Amazon has bought eleven Boeing 767-300s, seven from Delta Air Lines and four from WestJet. This is the first direct purchase for the company that has seen a surge in demand due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The four WestJet aircraft, which are now undergoing passenger-to-cargo conversion, will join Amazon’s network in 2021. The Delta jets will be used by the company in 2022. All the aircraft will fly for third-party carriers.

“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,” said Amazon Air v-p Sarah Rhoads.

In 2020,  Amazon launched its first-ever air hub at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany and new regional air operations at 11 other airports, including New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare.

In 2016, Amazon signed a seven-year lease deal covering 20 Boeing 767s with air cargo service provider ATSG. Company subsidiaries ABX Air, a Part 121 cargo airline, and charter carrier Air Transport International, operate the airplanes for Amazon. The company also signed a deal with Atlas Air Worldwide (AAW) by which AAW would fly 20 Boeing 767-300s for the online retailer under a 10-year lease deal that grants Amazon rights to acquire as much as 30 percent of the cargo carrier.


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