Flytrex, a US drone delivery company for food and retail, announced today that it has partnered with Charleys Philly Steak, a cheesesteak franchise, to deliver freshly grilled cheesesteaks via drone in Durham, North Carolina. Orders from Charleys are reportedly placed using the Flytrex app and delivered via the skies to front and backyards of local residents with an average flight time of just three minutes.
In a press release the company says “The process for ordering delivery via drone will be the same as previously established delivery stations – eligible customers can order their favorite cheesesteaks, fries, real-fruit lemonades, and more from Charleys, as well as food and goods from other local restaurants, cafes and retailers. Orders are placed using the Flytrex app, which updates customers regarding their order status along the route until the package is safely lowered by wire into their backyards.
“This expansion to Durham marks Flytrex’s fifth station in the U.S. and fourth in the ‘First in Flight’ state. Flytrex has three other operational stations in the state of North Carolina: in Fayetteville, Raeford, and Holly Springs; and recently expanded its drone delivery service to Granbury, Texas, just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. The service will operate in cooperation with longtime partner Causey Aviation Unmanned under the recently granted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver allowing a delivery radius of two nautical miles across its stations in North Carolina and Texas.
“In 2017, Flytrex successfully launched the world’s first fully autonomous urban drone delivery system in Reykjavik, Iceland. The company has since been working closely with regulators to help ensure the highest safety standards in getting drone delivery off the ground. It has participated in the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which concluded in October 2020, and continued in the FAA’s subsequent initiative, BEYOND, working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to help tackle the remaining challenges of UAS integration.”
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