Amazon has acquired seven 767-300s from Delta Air Lines. The aircraft will join the Amazon Air cargo network in 2022.

    Along with four 767-300s purchased from WestJet in March 2020, they are the first to be directly owned by the company.

    “Our goal is to continue delivering for customers across the US in the way that they expect from Amazon, and purchasing our own aircraft is a natural next step toward that goal,” said Amazon Global Air vice president Sarah Rhoads.

    “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 in meeting our customer promises.”

    The four aircraft purchased from WestJet are currently undergoing passenger to cargo conversion and will join Amazon Air’s network in 2021.

    Amazon said it would continue to rely on third-party carriers to operate its new aircraft. The company recently opened its first European air cargo hub at Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport.