Remember when we were always hearing about how Amazon was going to be using drones to deliver packages? Well, it seems Amazon’s decided to step up their game, as the company is looking to lease 20 Boeing 767 jets to start its own air-delivery service. This news comes from the Seattle Times and Cargo Facts.
According to anonymous cargo-industry sources who spoke to the Times, the e-commerce company is negotiating with aircraft lessors to get access to enough planes so that they could begin operations by the end of January.
If negotiations goes through, this would allow Amazon to have much more control over delivery of their products, which would help the avoid delays from carriers like UPS and FedEx. These carriers have had a difficult time trying to keep up with surging e-commerce demand.
“Amazon is pretty fed up with the third-party carriers being a bottleneck to their growth,” Robert W Baird & Co. analyst Colin Sebatian told the Times.