Landmark Cargo Drone Interline Agreement Signed

Dronamics and Qatar Airways Cargo’s agreement enables rapid and reliable air shipments, potentially of pharma, food, e-commerce, mail, spare parts, and more By Abi Wylie / 08 Dec 2023
Landmark Cargo Drone Interline Agreement Signed
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Dronamics, reportedly the first cargo drone airline with a license to operate in Europe, and Qatar Airways Cargo, a large international cargo carrier, have made an interline agreement. 

The partnership marks the first interline agreement between an international airline and a cargo drone airline.

The interline agreement allows the extension of the delivery networks of both partners, significantly increasing their reach as well as providing access to areas previously hard to reach by traditional air freight. 

Through the agreement, Dronamics can offer cargo services from any of its droneports, initially in Greece, to the wider Qatar Airways Cargo network – including destinations such as Singapore, China, including Hong Kong, and the United States (JFK). 

Qatar Airways Cargo is able to access remote locations that Dronamics serves, such as the Greek islands, on the Dronamics cargo drone network.  

Through this network expansion, Dronamics customers can make a single booking to transport goods from a Dronamics droneport to any destination that the interline joint network covers, and vice versa. 

The potential for the flow of goods, from pharma to food, from e-commerce, mail and parcels to spare parts, is significant, enabling rapid and reliable shipments to and from locations not sufficiently covered by air freight.  

Dronamics is expected to begin commercial operations in Greece early next year, focusing on establishing a same day service connecting Athens, the capital city, with the industrial north area of the country, as well as the islands in the south. 

Earlier this year, Dronamics became the first cargo drone airline to obtain IATA & ICAO designator codes, granting it recognition on par with other international airlines, and the ability to issue air waybills to enable seamless bookings with its airline partners. 

This interline agreement is a crucial next step in Dronamics’ plan to establish a cargo drone airline network with worldwide reach. 

Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of Dronamics, said; “We’re very excited to have the world’s largest air cargo carrier as our partner for the first-of-its-kind interline agreement with our category-defining cargo drone airline. 

“While currently less than 1% of global trade moves by air, the vast global reach of Qatar Airways Cargo and their world-leading capacity and service give us the perfect platform to massively expand air cargo accessibility to countless more communities worldwide, enabling same-day delivery for everyone, everywhere.”

Posted by Abi Wylie Connect & Contact