Amazon layoffs several employees in prime air drone project: Report
According to the report, the company has laid off "dozens" of employees working on the firm's drone project while also seeking out manufacturing deals with third party vendors.
The company is laying off "staff involved in the Prime Air drone program's research, development, and manufacturing units".
The report cited sources as saying that Amazon is still "years away" from the project properly taking off.
It said that Amazon is in talks with two manufacturers, FACC Aerospace and Aernnova Aerospace. However, no deal has been finalised yet.
With the possession of what is called Part 135 air carrier certificate, Amazon can run its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones, CNBC had reported.
According to the FAA, Part 135 certification is the "only path for small drones to carry the property of another for compensation beyond visual line of sight".
"This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA's confidence in Amazon's operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world," David Carbon, Vice President of Prime Air, was quoted as saying in a statement.
"We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realise our vision of 30-minute delivery."