The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia has given AirAsia permission to perform remote drone pilot training at its academy in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Bo Lingam, CEO of AirAsia Aviation, the licence would help the company’s goal of launching urban drone deliveries for commodities and retail items from AirAsia’s ecommerce platforms in the future.

The Drone Academy, which is part of AirAsia’s digital edutech arm, AirAsia Academy, will begin offering commercial remote pilot training sessions on January 24 with the new licence. The academy will begin with four classes — with more to follow – and will be available to AirAsia workers and others.

The pilot training programme is also AirAsia’s effort to enter the worldwide drone delivery business, which is expected to reach roughly US$3.7 billion by 2027.

“Drone delivery will soon be our newest logistical option, offering a significant boost to the ever-expanding ecommerce business.” Above all, this innovation will enable us to develop new high-tech job possibilities for Malaysians,” said Aireen Omar, president of AirAsia Group Digital.

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