Amazon receives U.S. regulatory approval to start drone delivery trials

An Amazon Prime Air Flying Drone is displayed during the 'Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?' exhibition at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, U.S., May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

(Reuters) - Inc's AMZN.O drone service has received federal approval that will allow the company to begin testing commercial deliveries through its drone fleet, the e-commerce giant said on Monday.

Amazon Prime Air, the company’s special service delivering packages in 30 minutes or less, has been approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test delivering orders using autonomous drones.

The company joins Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O unit Wing and United Parcel Service Inc UPS.N to receive FAA approval for drone delivery, while other smaller companies are still seeking approval.

Reporting by Nilanjana Basu and Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila