Amazon is set to purchase 11 of its own jumbo jets in its latest effort to speed up the delivery of goods for its customers.
The online retail giant has announced plans to purchase 11 second-hand 767-300 jets from Delta and WestJet, marking the first time Amazon will have ever purchased planes for its Amazon Air fleet instead of leasing them.
Its latest purchase will bring the total number of planes in the Amazon Air fleet to 85 by 2022, retaining 74 leased cargo jets.
Amazon Air was launched in 2016 as part of the retailer’s efforts to reduce reliance on third party logistics firms like UPS and FedEx.
According to the vice president of Amazon Global Air Sarah Rhoads the debut purchase of cargo planes will allow Amazon to “better manage our operations which in turn helps us to keep pace in meeting our customer promises”.
This marks the second time since the start of the pandemic that Amazon has taken advantage of the depressed aircraft market, all but going into hibernation due to travel restrictions, after leasing a further 12 planes in June.
According to a report published last year, Amazon’s fleet is on track to grow to over 200 aircraft over the next few years, rivaling delivery giant UPS in size.