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India Post to launch ‘Flying Male’ in collaboration with Amazon

09, Dec 2013 By Ishan Bhatkoti

New Delhi. In an attempt to revive the dying postal service in the country, India Post inked deal with eCommerce giant Amazon is planning to launch Flying Postman for delivery of letters and packages.

Flying postman in Delhi's sky.
Flying postman in Delhi’s sky.

The project, code-named Flying Male, is currently under testing at GPO New Delhi and is used for delivering confidential letters and envelopes and other parcels between 7RCR and 10 Janpath and also between Akbar Road and Ashoka Road offices.

“Flying Male or (Udtaa Dakiya) is a revolutionary project. Unlike private players, which deliver only at upto evening, India Post promises to deliver the packages in less than a day. Our postmen have been idle for quite sometime and their caffeine intake has increased. Hence we have decided to get them some quality work again,” said a person familiar with the matter.

If the project passes all the tests, then the model will be expanded to other cities.

The bicycles of postmen have been modified and nitrogen jets have been fitted on either side. Apart from these bicycles, Amazon’s flying drones have been customized and a chair with tea dispenser has been installed so that he can enjoy the ariel view while on his way to deliver the package. Once the postman sits in the chair, he will be guiding the drone to the destination.

All postmen are being trained at the Palam Air Force Station.

The families of postmen are also very excited. “Taar ke band hone ke baad to ab sarkari naukri bhi surakchitt nahi lagti. Lekin Post walon ne nayi umeed jaga di. Pehle mere pati kewal hawa mein udte the, ab wo hakeeqat mein udd sakenge. Bacche bhi bade khush hain. Ab wo chidiya udd kehlete hain to apne papa ko bhi uda dete hain (giggles)”, said Jhalli Devi, wife of one of the postmasters.

Amazon CEO said,” I always believed India is a land of snake charmers and flying carpet which makes it a land of big opportunities. I want to be the magician who will make their flying dreams come true.”

According to reports Google and Deutsche Post are also testing similar services to rival Amazon.