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WHT: Drones still flying in Christiansburg

Wing made headlines around the world when it launched its first U.S. drone delivery service in Christiansburg this past fall.

The sister company of Google first made its mark on the area in 2016 when it delivered burritos from a Blacksburg Chipotle to participants at Virginia Tech during an experimental trial. The company also started two operations in Australia and another in Helsinki, Finland, this year.

Since taking flight in October, Wing has received hundreds of inquiries and orders from Christiansburg residents, according to spokeswoman Alexa Dennett.

She said it’s against company policy to give out exact numbers on almost anything, but she said the service is about where Wing expected it to be.

“We have been pleased with the reception,” she said. “Even those who aren’t using it or are out of the service area have expressed positive feedback.”

Rough parameters of the delivery zone include Belmont Christian Church, the New River Valley Mall, Christiansburg High School and neighborhoods off Peppers Ferry Road such as Carma Heights and Windmill Hills. The delivery radius is about 3 miles surrounding Wing’s headquarters on Welcome Street.

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