Now the company of Jeff Bezos, one of the richest people in the world (Elon Musk has just knocked him out of the first place), has decided for the first time to buy an airplane to power Amazon Air. It is worth noting that Amazon is growing year by year, the evidence of which can be found in its fleet, which still in 2016 consisted of 11 aircraft, and by the end of 2022 of the second year it is to grow to over 85 aircraft carrying goods in the United States. This is exactly what Amazon reported to Bloomberg, but this was not what attracted the most attention during this announcement - it turns out that the company decided to buy planes for the first time.
Specifically, 11 Boeing 767-300 aircraft from Delta Air Lines (seven aircraft) and WestJet Airlines (4 aircraft) to help the company meet the demands of customers who now rely on fast delivery like never before: - Our goal is to continue delivering to our customers in the way they expect from Amazon, and buying your own aircraft is the next natural step. By having a mix of leased and purchased planes in our growing fleet, we can better manage our operations, keeping pace and keeping our promises to our customers, said Sarah Rhoads, vice president, Amazon Global Air.
As we could read in the statement, the planes have already been purchased (a few months ago), but they will be supplying the Amazon fleet gradually. Four planes purchased from WestJet last March are cybernet the appropriate conversion from passenger to cargo models and will be ready later this year, with seven models from Delta Air Lines joining them next year. However, as with all aircraft in Amazon's fleet, the flights will be managed by third-party operators. Interestingly, this is just the beginning, because according to industry estimates, in the next few years, the company's fleet is to grow to over 200 aircraft, which means that it will be as large as that of UPS, a courier company.