The retail giant Amazon Inc. has notably upped its game in the delivery of goods as the US Government approves of the company’s by air delivery services. The company will now be a part of a handful of companies that are certified by the government to operate a drone airline.
Thought certain regulatory and technical hurdles are yet to be cleared, the sanction still does show that Amazon has managed to assure the government that the retail company is ready to operate in the aviation sector with its high regulations. The company informed on Monday (31st August 2020) that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has designed an “air carrier” or also referred to as Amazon Prime Air.
Amazon Vice President who also oversees Prime Air, David Carbon stated in this regard: ” This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world”.
The approval of Amazon’s drone delivery service allows the company to put to use the high-tech devices it had unveiled last year and kickstart the first set of commercial deliveries in the US on a trial basis.
FAA also confirmed the granting of such approval by stating: “it’s trying to support innovation in the expanding drone arena while ensuring that the devices operate safely”.
With the approval of Amazon’s drone delivery service or Prime Air, the company now joins Wing, the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary, and United Parcel Service Inc. who have received the FAA approval to operate their drone deliveries under the federal regulations that govern small airlines and charter operations.
A handful of similar startups and smaller companies also seek FAA approval.
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