Emirates Post Group (EPG) and Dronamics, the world’s first cargo drone airline and a leading innovator in cargo drone technology, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore transformative solutions in logistics through advanced cargo drone capabilities in the UAE.
The LOI, signed during the official launch of the Smart and Autonomous Vehicles Industry (SAVI) Cluster in Abu Dhabi, marks the beginning of a dynamic collaboration set to redefine cargo drone delivery in the United Arab Emirates. SAVI is set to become a globally leading smart and autonomous vehicle hub, with dominance across air, land, and sea, attracting relevant OEMs, startups, researchers, and talent.
Under the terms of this LOI, EPG will explore and trial Dronamics’ cargo drone service to enable same-day middle-mile and long-range deliveries. Both organizations will collaborate towards developing a comprehensive cargo drone delivery network in the UAE and GCC. Once successfully piloted, EPG intends to integrate this innovative technology into its logistics network and enable access of the technology to the wider logistics industry. In addition, EPG intends to be a launch partner of the future Dronamics UAE joint venture to support the expansion of their cargo drone operations in the region.
“With a shared vision of reshaping the future of the logistics sector, EPG and Dronamics are dedicated to enhancing cargo delivery speed, sustainability, and efficiency by deploying state-of-the-art drone technology. This partnership represents a significant milestone in the advancement of autonomous cargo drone transportation.”
Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post Group
Dronamics, renowned for its pioneering work in the cargo drone industry, has successfully conducted tests of its cutting-edge drones, validating their potential to serve various industries. The company’s vertical integration, encompassing drone aircraft design, construction, operation, and the creation of Droneports, positions it as a formidable force capable of revolutionizing the same-day logistics sector.
“Partnering with Emirates Post Group provides us with the exciting opportunity to work on our expansion to the Middle East and the United Arab Emirates in particular. Through this agreement we will look to implement our unique middle-mile cargo drone technology on the UAE market in service of EPG, its customers and its universal service mandate – an important step to achieving our vision of enabling same-day delivery for everyone everywhere.”
Svilen Rangelov, CEO and Co-Founder of Dronamics
As part of this LoI, Emirates Post Group will enable Dronamics, through its postal and express business managed by Emirates Post, to conduct Proof-of-Concept (POC) flights in the UAE with at least one drone aircraft by 2024. The strategic partnership with Dronamics, with its advanced technologies, will support EPG’s efforts in enabling the overall delivery supply chain of logistics operations in the UAE.
Dronamics is the world’s first cargo drone airline. Аs a leading developer and operator of large, long-range drones built specifically for cargo, its flagship Black Swan will carry 350 kg (770 lb) at a distance of up to 2,500 km (1,550 mi) up to 80% faster, 50% cheaper and with up to 60% lower emissions than alternative modes of transport, including airfreight. This proven technology enables same-day shipping over very long distances for a variety of industries: from pharma to food, from e-commerce to spare parts. The company’s fast-growing team includes some of the most experienced aerospace, logistics and technology experts. Dronamics is Europe’s first licensed cargo drone airline and IATA’s first Strategic Partner for drones worldwide.
Dronamics is co-funded by the European Union under the prestigious European Innovation Council, Europe’s flagship innovation program.
About Emirates Post Group:
Emirates Post Group Company is a Public Joint Stock Company under Emirates Investment Authority (EIA) operating as a commercial entity across the emirates. It manages and oversees its postal operational division, Emirates Post, the leading postal and express delivery provider in the region, as well as FINTX – its fintech arm, and Electronic Documents Centre – its digital solutions arm. Emirates Post Group’s rich history in the country and the region positively contributes to the UAE’s social and economic development in line with the government’s vision. Specifically, the Group’s portfolio plays an essential role in supporting the nation’s strategy towards leadership in logistics, eCommerce, financial inclusion, and digital integration.