Dronamics has signed with Qatar Airways what it claims is the first interline agreement between an international airline and a cargo drone airline.
It 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.
Dronamics will 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 New York JFK. Qatar Airways Cargo in turn will be able to access remote locations that Dronamics serves, such as the Greek islands.
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 for goods including pharma, food, e-commerce, mail and parcels and spare parts.
Dronamics is expected to begin commercial operations in Greece early in 2024, 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.
In November, it signed a letter of intent with Aramex to supply technology to the UAE forwarder for same-day middle-mile and long-range deliveries and, in October, a LoI with Emirates Post Group.
Earlier this year, it also became the first cargo drone airline to obtain IATA & ICAO designator codes, allowing it to issue air waybills.
Pictured: Svilen Rangelov, co-founder and chief executive of Dronamics with Elisabeth Oudkerk, senior vice-president cargo sales and network planning at Qatar Airways Cargo