Amazon buys aircraft for the first time to expand its cargo fleet


Prime Air is an e-commerce giant Amazon’s fleet established in 2016. At that time, it only had 11 aircraft. In 2017, it was renamed Amazon Air to distinguish it from the drone delivery business. By the end of 2022, Amazon’s fleet is expected to have 85 aircraft.

In addition, Amazon will also purchase aircraft for the first time, instead of using leasing to expand its fleet.

Amazon will purchase 7 second-hand Boeing 767-300 aircraft from Delta Air Lines and 4 aircraft of the same model from WeatJet. After the modification is completed, the aircraft purchased by WeatJet will be added to Amazon’s fleet at the end of this year. Delta’s 7 Plus To be joined in 2022. The operation of these aircraft will be handled by external contractors.

The new crown epidemic is raging, and Amazon is confident that people’s demand for online shopping will increase. Outsiders predict that Amazon’s fleet will continue to expand in the next few years, and the number is expected to reach 200, which can rival UPS, the world’s largest express carrier.