Amazon fires dozens of employees in a drone project and turns to new manufacturers: FT

© Reuters. Amazon Prime Air Flying Drone Shown During ‘Drones: Is The Sky The Limit?’ exhibition at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York

(Reuters) – US online retailer Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 laid off dozens of R&D and manufacturing personnel from its drone project, Amazon Prime Air, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

The company has reached tentative deals with two third-party manufacturers to build components for its long-awaited drone, the newspaper said, adding that more deals with third parties could be finalized soon.

The full terms of the agreements with Austria’s FACC Aerospace and Spain’s Aernnova Aerospace were still being finalized, according to the FT report, citing a person familiar with Amazon’s plans.

Amazon, Aernnova and FACC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Jeff Wilke, chief executive of Amazon’s global consumer business, had said in June that drone deliveries will be available “in months.”

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