Wing Aviation and FedEx trial US’s first drone delivery service

By Rachelle Harry

Last week (October 18), FedEx Express partnered with Wing Aviation to execute the US’s first commercial drone delivery as part of the US Department of Transportation’s unmanned aircraft systems Integration Pilot Program (IPP).

The delivery marks the start of a drone trial operating in the US, following Aviation Wing’s authorisation from the FAA to deliver commercial packages to residences.

The purpose of the trial is to demonstrate the benefits of using drones as a last-mile delivery service. During the trial, Aviation Wing drones will transport FedEx packages to qualifying homes in Christiansburg, Virginia.

The pilot also allows participants to order Walgreens health and wellness products through Aviation Wing’s delivery app.

Don Colleran, president & chief executive of FedEx Express, commented: “We are always looking for new and better ways to deliver the world to our customers’ doorsteps.”

“We hope that this latest addition to our delivery options will enhance the last-mile service for urgent, same-day deliveries for customers in rural or semi-rural areas, or with other exceptional delivery needs.”

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