In order to expand its fleet, Seattle-based Amazon Air has said to have purchased seven Boeing freighters 767-300ERs from Delta Airlines. The purchase was also done to cope up with the shortage of cargo capacity during the pandemic leading to increase in opportunities to generate revenue from air freight.

Delta Airlines retired the seven 767s during the second quarter. The Atlanta-based carrier spent 2020 accelerating the removal of its older aircraft to make room for the eventual delivery of 223 firm orders of Airbus aircraft, Cirium fleets data shows.

Amazon Air already has 74 aircraft in service including 22 Boeing 737NGs and 52 767s.

The cargo carrier founded in 2016 grew its fleet rapidly from 68 aircraft in September.

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