UPS Flight Forward seeks FAA drone ops exemption

Under its partnership with California-based drone technology firm Matternet, UPS’ technology subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF) is seeking exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration in support of its Air Operating Certificate, according to a filing with the FAA. UPS FF is also seeking exemption from the: Special Authority for Certain Unmanned Systems (49 USC) […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 21, 2019

Google spinoff’s drone delivery business first to get FAA approval [VIDEO]

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers. The subsidiary, Wing Aviation LLC, now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • April 24, 2019

A peek behind the curtain at Prime Air [VIDEO]

It’s been almost two years since “Amazon One,” the first Prime Air 767 freighter took to the skies for Amazon’s carrier, “Prime Air,” operated on a CMI basis by Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Today, Amazon’s freighter network has expanded to a total of 33 aircraft – all the same 767F model. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 11, 2018

Rumors swirl about Amazon acquiring more freighters

Have you heard the latest out of Amazon? In the last couple of days Air Cargo World and our sister publication Cargo Facts have received word from two separate sources that Amazon is in talks to acquire more freighter aircraft. You may want to sit down when you hear how many potential aircraft may be in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2017

Amazon’s Prime Air is ready for its closeup in Seattle [VIDEO]

After yesterday’s unveiling of Amazon’s new “Prime Air” livery for the 767 freighters it is leasing from Atlas Air and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), the Seattle area is preparing for the aircraft’s expected fly-by in the city’s annual Seafair celebration this weekend, including an air show by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerobatics team. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 5, 2016

Amazon ‘Prime Day’ breaks records, gains members

Amazon’s second-annual “Prime Day” promotion, held on Tuesday, was the company’s biggest sales day ever. The e-commerce giant said its worldwide orders climbed more than 60 percent over last year. In the U.S., orders were up 50 percent over last year’s event. The notoriously circumspect e-retailer has not released total sales figures, but estimates are […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 15, 2016

The shape of airspace to come?

In July, at the NASA-AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Inter­national) Unmanned Traffic Convention 2015, at NASA’s Ames Research Center, several drone systems operators presented their vision of what the skies would look like in a world full of approved cargo drones, and how these vehicles would be designed to avoid collisions and other mishaps. […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 30, 2015

Future or fantasy? Cargo industry reacts to Amazon’s drones

If Amazon proves right, the overheard whir of a drone carrying a watch, toy or pair of shoes could someday become commonplace. The Internet has been aflutter ever since CEO Jeff Bezos’ announcement that drones will someday deliver packages – but the viability of the idea and its effect on air cargo remain in […]
  • December 9, 2013