In 2016, Amazon’s cargo airline fleet (then known as Prime Air) consisted of 11 jets. At the end of 2022, the company declared Bloomberg it expects to have more than 85 planes shuttle products across the United States and other countries through its recent acquisition of 11 Boeing 767-300 plans. More than the number of planes involved, Amazon’s latest announcement is notable because it marks the first time the company has purchased, instead of rented, an additional aircraft for its Amazon Air cargo operation.
Amazon buys seven used planes from Delta and four from WestJet of Canada. After being modernized to carry cargo, the last four will begin flying for the company later this year. Meanwhile, Delta jets will join Amazon Air in 2022. As with all of its existing planes, Amazon says these new planes will be operated by contractors.