Amazon is doing some shopping as it looks to deal with port delays and other supply chain issues on its own.
Amazon is in the market for long-range Boeing and Airbus cargo planes, reported Bloomberg. Specifically, the retail giant is shopping for refurbished cargo versions of one of the largest twin-engine passenger jets currently flying, Boeing’s 777-300ER, as well as with conversions of Airbus’ popular A330-300 widebody aircraft, the report said.
The converted Boeing 777s would let Amazon directly import products from China and other countries, which would take its rivalry with United Parcel Service and FedEx to the next level.
Amazon already has air capabilities though Amazon Air, which was founded in 2016 to speed shipments of products from the company’s warehouses to shoppers. Amazon Air has expanded its presence in the U.S. to more than 40 locations, including a recently opened central air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The company is opening new air gateways as it has been expanding the availability of Amazon Prime delivery of some items in as little as five hours in select cities.
Since the pandemic disrupted the global supply chain, Amazon has been chartering international flights to fly products to the United States, the report said. The operation is separate from Amazon Air.