Volansi, the leader in autonomous Vertical Take-off and
Landing (VTOL) point-to-point drone delivery services, today announced it has Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight approval in Senegal.
Volansi is the only cargo drone operator in Senegal that has BVLOS approval to fly unmanned operations country-wide. This capability has enabled the company to build sky lanes or aerial delivery routes, for its mining customers in West Africa. In the near future, they plan to expand the network and become the first interconnected delivery drone network of sky lanes across the continent connecting mission points over rivers, bridges, and hills enabling reliable and quick deliveries via drone.
“Our mission at Volansi is to build a world unbound by the limitations of infrastructure, and with sky lanes, it’s totally possible,” said Volansi CEO and Co-founder Hannan Parvizian. “This will have a massive impact on Africa’s economy, offering limitless development and accessibility will increase by more than 100 percent, creating more than a million jobs in the region.”
Currently, a typical delivery is done using a truck, van, or motorcycle. Depending on road conditions and traffic, the journey can take two and a half hours or more to complete. Volansi drone delivery services provide an essential supply chain solution, particularly in areas where logistics is challenging and can complete these same journeys in just 30 minutes. The company is delivering cargo on-call, at dramatically reduced times, improving uptime and cost savings for industries such as healthcare, oil and gas, and mining.
“We see this as a huge opportunity in Africa,” said Parvizian. “We are going to revolutionize how people think about access and reach within the continent. Just as Africa skipped landline development and took a giant leap to cell phones, I believe that it will jump right into VTOL. It’s going to happen fast, and Volansi is geared up to build the first interconnected delivery drone network within the continent.”