DRONAMICS and DHL enter partnership for middle-mile drone delivery
Middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, DRONAMICS, is teaming up with logistics company, DHL, to jointly develop solutions and offer same-day cargo drone deliveries to customers using DRONAMICS’ drone delivery network and Black Swan drones.
Both companies are discussing mutual exclusivity for middle-mile drone deliveries in selected industries and markets. 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.
“Innovation is a key part of DHL’s DNA,” commented Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation & Commercial Development at DHL. “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. DRONAMICS is a pioneer and leader in the field of cargo drones and 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.”
“This partnership has the potential to generate €1.86 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,” added Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of DRONAMICS.
The partnership aims to combine DRONAMICS middle-mile cargo drones with DHL’s first and last-mile services. 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.