June 6, 2022 By Wings Staff
Drone Delivery Canada on May 26, 2022, began the commercial operation of a previously announced program with Edmonton International Airport. The program will be operational for a 12-month term.
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) will oversee defined-route deliveries from Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to off-airport property using its Sparrow drone, as well as proprietary DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones and FLYTE software.
“Edmonton International Airport is a leader in drone operations at airports and we’re proud to be the first airport in Canada to have commercial drone delivery services in full operation,” said Myron Keehn, Vice President, Air Service, Business Development, ESG and Government Relations, EIA. “Our partnership with DDC is helping create a flight path forward for this growing industry and we know there is tremendous potential still ahead.”
DDC explains the program will transport a variety of cargo for Ziing Final Mile and Apple Express, located in the industrial park in Leduc County, Alberta. “With us now moving to full drone commercial operations at EIA we’ll begin to see how drone technology can supplement and enhance deliveries within the last mile space,” said Chris Higham, President and CEO of Ziing.
DDC explains it has received an upfront fee for the drone route deployed and that it will also receive a monthly fee for professional managed services. This is DDC’s first international airport drone solution, through the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada.
Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario.