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The NPR News article and podcast FAA Certifies Google's Wing Drone Delivery Company To Operate As An Airline begins with:

The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Alphabet's Wing Aviation to operate as an airline, in a first for U.S. drone delivery companies. Wing, which began as a Google X project, has been testing its autonomous drones in southwest Virginia and elsewhere.

"Air Carrier Certification means that we can begin a commercial service delivering goods from local businesses to homes in the United States," Wing said in a statement posted to the Medium website.

The article, plus the BBC News's Google Wing drones approved for US home deliveries indicate that Wing (owned by Alphabet, which also owns Google) will be he first US drone delivery company to be run as an airline.:

See also Medium.com's Wing becomes first certified Air Carrier for drones in the US

Question: What operational aspects of Wing will be the same as that of other airlines? They won't sell seats of course, but will the file flight plans for example? Will they have licensed human pilots to oversee the drone's flight?


Google's Wing Drone

The Wing company, a Google spinoff, has won federal approval to operate its drone delivery system as an airline in the U.S. Credit: Wing, Source

Google's Wing Drone

Customers who took part in Wing's drone delivery test program in Virginia approach their package after it was dropped on their lawn. Credit: Wing Source

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    $\begingroup$ Having an "air carrier certificate" just means that regulators have determined their operations are safe enough to be allowed to sell "aviation services" to the general public. Airlines are probably the only type of carrier that the media knows about, hence the inaccurate articles, but there are many other types. $\endgroup$ – StephenS Apr 24 at 23:55
  • $\begingroup$ @StephenS ah, I see now how "certified air-carrier" in one article became "airline" in others, thanks. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Apr 25 at 0:44

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