Cambridgeshire resident first to receive Amazon package by drone

Joanna Taylor 15 December 2016

‘Richard B’, a Cambridgeshire man, has become the first customer to receive an Amazon delivery by drone. 

On 14 December, Amazon announced that it would be trialling delivering packages by drone to UK private customers who were signed on to Prime Air. 

The service, which employs drones developed in its Cambridge laboratory, can deliver packages up to five pounds in weight in 30 minutes or less. 

Richard B had only 13 minutes to wait for his order to be delivered: an Amazon Fire TV control and a bag of popcorn. 

Amazon said that it began with two customers in its trial, and will be expanding it in the coming months to dozens of customers living near to its UK facility, as it works to expand across the country. 

Customers in this trial will not have to pay delivery costs, and are able to order seven days a week during daylight hours — although this is weather dependent. 

Kirsten Kish, corporate communications for Prime Air, said that Cambridgeshire is “continuing to be an area of significance and importance to Amazon” where they wish to “encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics”. 

"The community is so important to us. We’re continuing to expand our opportunities here and wanted to bring people in.”