Amazon stated Tuesday that it purchased 11 jets from Delta and WestJet airways to spice up its rising supply community and get orders to consumers quicker.
The corporate stated it’s the primary time it has bought planes for its supply community. Over the previous couple of years, Amazon has been leasing planes to construct its fleet.
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“Having a mixture of each leased and owned plane in our rising fleet permits us to higher handle our operations,” stated Sarah Rhoads, vp of Amazon World Air, in a blog post.
Seattle-based Amazon has been working to ship most of its packages itself and rely much less on UPS, the US Postal Service, and different carriers. Apart from its fleet of planes, Amazon has additionally constructed a number of package-sorting hubs at airports, opened warehouses nearer to the place consumers dwell, and launched a programme that lets contractors begin companies delivering packages in vans stamped with the Amazon brand.
Amazon stated the 11 planes, all of that are Boeing 767-300s, will likely be transformed to carry cargo as a substitute of passengers. The 4 jets that it’s shopping for from WestJet will be part of Amazon’s fleet this 12 months, and the seven from Delta will likely be prepared by subsequent 12 months. The purchases will convey its complete fleet to 85 planes by 2022.
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Amazon declined to say how a lot it’s paying for the planes.
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