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Jeff Luckett

Head of UAS Strategy, RDT&E and Acquisitions at UPS Flight Forward

Jeff Luckett is a founding member of UPS Flight Forward Inc., a new whole owned UPS subsidiary incorporated on June 14, 2019. Jeff is the Head of UAS Strategy, R&D and Acquisitions for UPS Flight Forward. This new UPS company was established to develop and manage the company’s UAS operations.

On September 27, 2019, UPSFF became the first company to receive a Standard Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate. Jeff participated in the partnership with the FAA and NCDOT on an Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in North Carolina and played a key role in the formation of the new company and the path to airline certification. On March 26, 2019, UPSFF made history by launching the first revenue drone flight and regular UAS medical delivery service in the US at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC. On September 27, 2019, UPSFF made history again by launching its maiden Part 135 revenue flight at WakeMed. This year UPS Flight Forward announced partnership with Beta Technologies with plans to integrate larger aircraft into it’s Part 135 operation.

Prior to his current leadership role, Jeff’s 32-year career at UPS has allowed him to support various areas within the broader UPS company including flight operations, flight training, industrial engineering, buildings and facilities, project management, network planning and most recently as the Long Range Planning Aircraft Acquisitions Manager for UPS Airlines. Jeff has also helped lead the UPS Airline Emergency Response Team, supported the UPS CRAF Program and has participated in numerous humanitarian aid charter operations.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from the University of Louisville and an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Jeff also served in the US Navy and deployed to the Middle East on two active-duty tours with Carrier Air Wing Eleven aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Aircraft Carrier.