Zipline can now operate US drone deliveries as an airline

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The company has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 air carrier certification. The certification allows Zipline to operate drone deliveries as a commercial airline and to conduct automated beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

The company will initially operate drone deliveries of up to 26 miles (41.8 km) roundtrip out of an operational hub in Kannapolis, North Carolina. These deliveries will provide tons of healthcare supplies every day.

Moreover, Zipline also plans on using its new FAA certification to expand its operation in Utah with Intermountain Healthcare later this year. Besides, it will also increase its cooperation with Walmart in Arkansas. 

Zipline has an outstanding experience in the drone delivery of medical supplies as it has delivered over 1 million Covid-19 vaccines in Ghana, and tons of medical supplies in Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.

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