Today, for the first time in the United States, a drone completed a
scheduled commercial residential delivery to a home in Christiansburg,
Virginia. The drone delivery was conducted by Wing Aviation, in
collaboration with FedEx Express, as part of the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (IPP).
Today’s delivery of a FedEx Express package marks the launch of the
first scheduled, commercial residential drone delivery service and the
first scheduled e-commerce delivery via drone delivery trial in the
For the duration of the trial, Wing drones will transport select FedEx
packages to qualifying homes in Christiansburg, demonstrating the
benefits of drone delivery for last-mile delivery service. Wing has
received the first authorization from the FAA to conduct scheduled,
commercial drone package delivery to residences.
“Innovation has been part of the FedEx DNA since day one, and we are
always looking for new and better ways to deliver the world to our
customers’ doorsteps,” said Don Colleran, President & CEO of FedEx
Express. “For our customers in Christiansburg, this collaboration will
test the latest innovation in the last mile of a residential package
delivery. We hope that this latest addition to our delivery options will
enhance the last mile service for urgent same-day deliveries, customers
in rural or semi-rural areas, and other exceptional delivery needs.”
of FedEx who live within designated delivery zones in Christiansburg,
Virginia, and who opt-in to the Wing delivery service, will be able to
receive eligible packages via drone during the trial program, provided
certain operating conditions are met. Wing’s pilot program also includes
a collaboration with Walgreens, allowing program participants to order
health and wellness products through Wing’s delivery app.
FedEx is also participating in the U.S. DOT’s Unmanned Aircraft System
IPP in conjunction with the Memphis Shelby-County Airport Authority,
conducting drone operations on airport property to generate data to help
inform future UAS policymaking.