Amazon announced this week that it is purchasing Boeing airliners from Delta and WestJet and converting them from passenger planes to cargo jets to assist with a surge in online shopping. Amazon’s purchase of 11 Boeing 767-300 passenger jets is a sign of both its increasing dominance in the American economy as well as the airline’s struggles in the era of lockdowns.
According to a report by CNBC, Amazon has purchased 11 Boeing passenger jets from Delta and WestJet to accommodate increased e-commerce demands. The former passenger jets will be outfitted by Amazon to carry packages around the United States.
Amazon will own at least 85 planes from the end of 2022 after launching its air fleet just a few years ago. The company is purchasing more than just additional planes. It will open a $1.5 billion hub for its planes in Kentucky later in 2021.
Sarah Rhoads, vice president