DHL will jointly develop a version of the Dronamics Black Swan drone for same-day cargo drone deliveries to customers. Both companies are discussing mutual exclusivity for middle-mile drone deliveries in selected industries and markets.
This could mean up to 4000 drones being used around the world. The Black Swan drone carrys 350 kg of cargo over a distance of up to 2,500 km, enabling same-day shipping over very long distances for e-commerce, pharma, and time-critical shipments.
“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. Our collaboration will help to open up opportunities for urgent, sensitive and time-critical deliveries and we are excited to pilot the use of the Black Swan in customer operations in the near future,” said Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation & Commercial Development at DHL.
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“We are incredibly excited that Dronamics has 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. This partnership has the potential to generate €1.86bn in revenues annually, with plans underway to build and operate over 4,000 cargo drones to support the partnership in the coming years,” said Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of Dronamics.
As part of the agreement, Dronamics will 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.
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