Amazon has recently announced that it has purchased four WestJet 767-300ERs to join their shipping operations. These aircraft left WestJet’s fleet in March 2020, and they are currently undergoing conversion to freighter aircraft. Additionally, Amazon has bought seven 767-300ERs from Delta as it looks towards fleet expansion.
The Seattle-based online giant will add 11 widebodies in total to its fleet over the coming years, with four coming this year and seven in 2022.
These purchases are also notable since the cashed-up tech giant is buying the planes outright instead of leasing them. The decision to purchase so many planes signals a long-term commitment towards building a reliable fleet for shipping.
The addition of these 11 aircraft will take Amazon’s 767 fleet from 44 to 55 aircraft in the coming year, a 25% increase.