Amazon Prime Air Drone project lays off dozens of employees: report
Amazon has laid off dozens of R&D and manufacturing personnel from its delivery drone project, Amazon Prime Air, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
The company has reached interim agreements with two third-party manufacturers to build components for its long-awaited drone, the newspaper. reported, adding that more agreements with third parties could soon be finalized.
The full terms of the agreements with Austria’s FACC Aerospace and Spain’s Aernnova Aerospace were still being finalized, according to the FT report, citing a person familiar with Amazon’s plans.
Amazon, Aernnova and FACC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Jeff Wilke, chief executive of Amazon’s global consumer business, had said in June that drone deliveries will be available “in months.”
“We have worked hard to build fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles (25 kilometers) and deliver packages under five pounds (2.3 kilograms) to customers in less than 30 minutes,” Wilke said in a post. blog.
“And, with the help of our world-class delivery and fulfillment network, we hope to scale Prime Air quickly and efficiently, delivering packages to customers via drones in months. ”
The company made its first exam of drone deliveries in 2016 in Great Britain. At the time, he said that US regulations made it difficult to use drones for delivery in the US.
Later in September, Amazon was approval granted to deliver packages by drones by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Amazon said the approval is an “important step” but added that it is still testing and flying the drones. He did not say when he expected the drones to make deliveries to buyers.