UPS Now Runs the First Official Drone Airline

UPS Now Runs the First Official Drone Airline

by Alex Davies, Wired

America’s newest airline will never cram you into a too-tight seat. It won’t charge too much money for too-terrible food. It won’t strand you on the tarmac without explanation. Actually, it won’t carry you anywhere at all—but it might someday carry your stuff. Today, UPS announced that its drone service is the first of its kind to be recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial airline.

This latest advance in the now years-old effort to put drones to work over America means the FAA has given something called Part 135 Standard certification to the logistics giant’s drone-slinging subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward. (Business jet operators and others that run on-demand, rather than scheduled, service get the same ordination.) With the certification in wing, UPS has the right to run as many drones as it likes, in as many places as it likes. And it’s already gearing up to expand its drone delivery service beyond the Wakemed hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it’s been testing a delivery service since March.

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