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Amazon boosts delivery speed with 11 new aircraft

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Amazon has purchased new planes for its air fleet, allowing it to cut delivery times.

The ecommerce giant has bought 11 new Boeing 767-300 aircraft for its Amazon Air division.

The new planes were bought from WestJet and Delta, with the aircraft set to join the cargo network in 2021 and 2022.

Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air, said: “Our goal is to continue delivering for customers across the U.S. in the way that they expect from Amazon, and purchasing our own aircraft is a natural next step toward that goal.

“Having a mix of both leased and owned aircraft in our growing fleet allows us to better manage our operations, which, in turn, helps us to keep pace with meeting our customer promises.”

The new aircraft will expand capacity in Amazon’s network, although third-party carriers will continue to operate them.

Amazon launched its air freight division in 2016. Since then it has invested in leasing new planes and launching its own international air hub in Germany, as well as regional air operations across the USA.

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