The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that Amazon has obtained its approval to operate its prime air delivery UAV fleet, a milestone that will allow it to expand the scope and speed of unmanned parcel delivery. FAA said the approval would give Amazon broad powers to
Amazon began testing delivery drones in 2013, aiming to deliver packages to customers' homes in 30 minutes or less. Last August, the company filed a petition asking the FAA to approve the plans. Amazon said in the petition that early deliveries would be concentrated in areas with low population density and that packages would weigh five pounds or less.
At last year's re：MARS conference, the company unveiled a new electric delivery drone that can deliver packages under five pounds to customers in half an hour and fly 15 miles in a row. Amazon's global consumer chief executive Jeff Wilk (Jeff Wilke) said at the time that such drones could be used
Amazon is not the only company seeking to expand commercial drone delivery. In April last year, wing of alphabet became the first UAV delivery company to obtain the approval of the FAA for commercial delivery in the United States. UPS was approved by the FAA in October last year to operate a UAV fleet as an airline.