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Amazon now proud owner of a Boeing 767

Johanna Koyser
03.09.2020
2 minutes

Back in January we reported in WingMag about Amazon’s expansion plans in the air. For five years now, the tech giant has been building up its own freight logistics company called Amazon Air. In addition to Prime Air’s push to transport shipments by drone, Amazon is also relying on traditional aviation. Now, the company has taken a further step to soon become one of the world’s major cargo airlines. Amazon bought its first own Boeing 767.

The Boeing 767 with the registration N503AZ joined the Amazon Air fleet on August 31st. Consisting of Boeing 737s and 767s, the previous Amazon aircraft are all leased. With the purchase of its first own cargo aircraft, the company is now sending a clear signal to logistics competitors such as FedEx, DHL and UPS. Amazon Air not only lets its own goods fly out with its freighters. It plans to sell unused freight space to third parties at low prices. With a constantly growing fleet, exactly these capacities are now also increasing. Finally, Amazon recently announced that they will lease more Boeing 767s this year and next year. By the end of 2021, Amazon Air could operate a fleet of over 80 aircraft.

This competition is a very interesting topic. While up to now, it was mainly retailers who often fell victim to Amazon’s supremacy, it could also affect established giants in aviation in the future.

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by Johanna Koyser

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