Air Canada Cargo to offer drone delivery to remote areas, far north
TORONTO air cargo drone maker Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has a deal with Air Canada Cargo to offer delivery services to the public, reports New York's FreightWaves
TORONTO air cargo drone maker Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has a deal with Air Canada Cargo to offer delivery services to the public, reports New York's FreightWaves.
'We believe drone technology has the potential to offer the cargo community cost-effective solutions in non-traditional markets, including remote communities in Canada,' said Air Canada vice president Tim Strauss.
DDC's largest drone, the Condor, can deliver 400 pounds of cargo up to 124 miles away. Air Canada will market and sell the company's services, while DDC will build and operate up to 150,000 routes.
The deal represents a major leap for the drone maker in the early stages of commercialising its operations. Partnering with Canada's largest airline and air cargo provider provides DDC a platform to expand well beyond successful pilot programmes in select rural communities.
'This agreement greatly accelerates our commercial roll out in Canada,' said DDC chief executive Tony Di Benedetto.
'Our drone delivery services will be extensively marketed as we work to establish operations across the country leveraging Air Canada Cargo's brand presence and their established sales network and marketing reach.'
Canada's land mass compared to its population of 36 million is a natural fit for drones. They have the potential to provide cost-effective, timely deliveries in sparsely populated areas, particularly in the far north.