Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) enters into commercial agreements with Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Apple Express Courier and Ziing Final Mile to deploy its drone delivery solution at the airport. The contracts were achieved with the assistance of DDC’s sales agent Air Canada.
The defined-route delivery from EIA to off-airport sites taps the company’s Sparrow drone and its DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones as well as additional drone flight infrastructure as required. The customers will use DDC’s Sparrow delivery drone solution to transport a wide variety of cargo, it says.
Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario and will be conducted in accordance with appropriate Canadian regulations.
DDC will begin construction of site infrastructure shortly and expects to begin providing drone delivery services in Q3 of 2021. The customers will pay up-front fees and monthly fees for professional managed services for the project term of 12 months.
This deployment will be the first use of an automatic delivery drone solution to provide B2B cargo delivery at Edmonton International Airport. It will also be the company’s first commercial contracts in Alberta and with courier companies.
The customers envision expanding to further routes and utilising the full fleet of DDC drones in the future, including the Robin XL and Condor.
“We are pleased that our partners have chosen Drone Delivery Canada as part of their mission to invest in new technology to advance the supply chain industry,” says Michael Zahra, president & CEO of DDC. “To our knowledge, this is the first drone delivery project at a large-scale international airport anywhere in Canada.”
Myron Keehn, vice-president Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport comments: “Edmonton International Airport knows that innovation is the key to future successes, and we can see that future in the sky ahead with Drone Delivery Canada and Air Canada Cargo. We look forward to working together with the regulatory agencies and our municipal partner Leduc County towards the safe operationalisation of this project.”
Noting that the pandemic created an unprecedented spike in e-commerce shipments, Nasser Syed, CEO of same-day final mile service provider Apple Express says he expects demand to continue. This will make “advanced last-mile delivery systems paramount to meeting consumer expectations into the future.
“It’s energising to be at the forefront of e-commerce, partnering with Drone Delivery Canada as an early adopter in drone technology. The knowledge and experience gained though this innovative program will benefit our customers in the new normal as restrictions begin to ease,” Syed adds.
“We’re excited to work with Drone Delivery Canada and unlock access for our clients to new and innovative technologies,” says Chris Higham, president and CEO of Ziing Final Mile. “Our core competencies are centered around operational and environmental efficiencies, so this is a natural step in supporting our long-term vision.”
This announcement comes shortly after the DDC announced on May 20 that it had been selected by the University of British Columbia (UBC) for a First Nations project in British Columbia. UBC and DDC are working towards finalsing their commercial agreement shortly, for project implementation expected to commence in Q3 2021.