His comments come on the heels of online retailer Amazon’s request last week for permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test drones over its property. Amazon last December unveiled a plan to deliver packages with drones.
While Amazon’s plan is seen by some as a publicity stunt and by others as a threat to shipping firms like UPS and FedEx, Abney also noted, “Amazon is a big customer of ours.”
UPS has said it will “continue to evaluate potential uses [for drones] within the business.”
“I don’t think it’s a question of if it’s going to happen,” Abney said, but added, “I don’t know that it’s anytime in the very near future.”
Still, he said, “There’s a lot of things that have to be worked out before you can make that happen…. The last thing you would want is for drones to interfere with the airspace.”