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UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

2 years 2 months 6 days ago Tuesday, October 01 2019 Oct 1, 2019 October 01, 2019 8:26 AM October 01, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By DAVID KOENIG
AP Business Writer

DALLAS (AP) - UPS says it won government approval to run a drone airline, and it plans to expand deliveries on hospital campuses and eventually other industries.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Tuesday that its drone subsidiary was awarded an airline certificate last week by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Even before getting the airline designation, UPS Flight Forward, as the subsidiary is called, has operated more than 1,000 flights at Wake Forest University's medical center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao calls the airline designation a step forward in integrating drones into the U.S. airspace, according to a statement released by the company.

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