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Flirtey, the world’s leading drone delivery service, commemorates its milestones in aviation history as July marks the two-year anniversary of the first ever Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved drone delivery in the United States and the one-year anniversary of the first drone delivery to a customer’s home.
On July 17, 2015, in collaboration with NASA, Flirtey conducted the first-ever FAA-approved drone delivery when it delivered multiple packages of urgent prescription medication to the Remote Area Medical health clinic in Wise, Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 232 commending Flirtey for the achievement.
Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny, Senator Mark Warner and Governor Terry McAuliffe hailed the event the “Kitty Hawk” moment for the drone delivery industry, and Flirtey’s historic delivery drone was accepted into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which displays the Wright Flyer, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and the first aircraft operated by FedEx.
The following year, on July 22, 2016, Flirtey made history again by completing the first autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s home in collaboration with 7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, by delivering over-the-counter medicines, food and drinks.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said at the time, “I congratulate Nevada-based company, Flirtey, on making history yet again – this time by collaborating with the world’s largest convenience retailer to complete the first store-to-home drone delivery in Reno, Nevada.”
Flirtey continues to pioneer the drone delivery industry, having since launched the world’s first commercial pizza-by-drone delivery model in partnership with Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, and conducting over a month of regular commercial deliveries to customer homes in the U.S.
“Flirtey’s mission is to save lives and change lifestyles by making delivery instant,” said Sweeny. “Flirtey continues to pioneer drone delivery – when no other company has managed to secure approvals for regular operations, Flirtey has conducted hundreds of approved drone deliveries to customer homes. Every one of these milestones takes us one step closer to drone delivery to your home.”
With more regulatory approvals, partner announcements and customer deliveries coming soon, Flirtey is set to make regular drone deliveries commonplace in the U.S. and around the world.