Amazon say Prime Air will be a new an ultra-fast delivery service using Prime Air drones for customers in the UK, Italy and the US.
This new service is expected to launch in late 2024, with specific cities being named in the coming months. Amazon has already used drones to safely deliver packages in the US that weigh approximately 2.2kg in one hour or less.
David Carbon, Vice President of Amazon’s Prime Air, said: “As part of our continued efforts to innovate for customers, we are excited to announce the expansion of Prime Air delivery internationally, for the first time outside the U.S.
“We have been delivering packages by drone for almost a year in California and in Texas. We have built a safe, reliable delivery service and have partnered very closely with regulators and communities. We will continue with that collaboration into the future to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers and the communities we serve.”
To accompany this launch, Amazon is unveiling their new MK30 drone designs, said to be quieter, smaller and lighter than previous models. Drone deliveries will integrate into Amazon’s delivery network, meaning drones will deploy from Same-Day sites.
In the UK and Italy Amazon will start integrating this into some of their fulfilment centres, which will provide customers with faster delivery of an even greater selection of items. They will start with one site in each location and expand over time.
Image Credit: Amazon, of first look at the new, fully built MK30 drones