By Chris Stonor
Dronamics announced this week a partnership agreement with DHL Deutsche Post to jointly develop same-day cargo drone deliveries to customers, reports a company press release. The aim is to use the company’s delivery network and Black Swan drones.
The release states, “Both companies are discussing mutual exclusivity for middle-mile drone deliveries in selected industries and markets.” And goes on, “In addition, Dronamics goal to become carbon-negative by 2027 and direction to operate on sustainable biofuels in the future will play a part in helping DHL achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.”
Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of Dronamics, said, “We are incredibly excited that we have been selected by DHL, the world’s largest logistics provider as their first middle-mile drone partner, with a partnership that provides mutual exclusivity in selected industries and markets.”
He continued, “This partnership has the potential to generate EUR1.86 billion to Dronamics revenues annually, with plans underway to build and operate over 4,000 cargo drones to support the partnership in the coming years.”
The collaboration aims to combine Dronamics middle-mile cargo drones with DHL’s first and last-mile services. As part of the agreement, the company is to provide equipment and expertise to operate the unmanned drone flights, employing staff in handling and technical roles. The first commercial flights of the same-day drone cargo services are expected to begin in 2022.
Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation & Commercial Development at DHL, said, “Innovation is a key part of DHL’s DNA. We are constantly exploring new technologies to bring value to our customers, and we believe that cargo drones will be an element in the next generation of transportation in logistics.”
He added, “Our collaboration will help to open up opportunities for urgent, sensitive and time-critical deliveries. We are excited to pilot the use of the Black Swan in customer operations in the near future.”
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