In a groundbreaking move, Dronamics, the pioneering cargo drone airline, has partnered with Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading international cargo carrier, to establish the first-ever interline agreement between an international airline and a cargo drone airline. This landmark collaboration marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of air cargo transportation, paving the way for seamless connectivity and expanded accessibility for communities worldwide.
The interline agreement empowers both partners to extend their respective delivery networks, significantly broadening their reach and unlocking access to previously underserved regions. Dronamics, with its operational license in Europe, can now offer cargo services from its droneports, initially in Greece, to the extensive Qatar Airways Cargo network. This encompasses destinations such as Singapore, China, including Hong Kong, and the United States (JFK).
Conversely, Qatar Airways Cargo gains access to remote locations, such as the Greek islands, served by Dronamics’ cargo drone network. This strategic alliance facilitates a single booking system for customers, enabling them to seamlessly transport goods between Dronamics droneports and any destination covered by the interline joint network.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the world’s largest air cargo carrier in forging this groundbreaking interline agreement,” remarked Svilen Rangelov, co-founder and chief executive of Dronamics. “While airfreight currently accounts for less than 1% of global trade, Qatar Airways Cargo’s extensive global reach and unparalleled service capabilities provide us with an ideal platform to revolutionize air cargo accessibility for countless communities worldwide, empowering same-day delivery for everyone, everywhere.”
“In line with our VISION 2027 five-year strategy, we are committed to staying at the forefront of our industry by embracing disruptive technologies,” added Elisabeth Oudkerk, senior vice president, cargo sales & network planning at Qatar Airways Cargo. “This partnership with Dronamics exemplifies our commitment to innovation and our vision for the future of air cargo.”
Dronamics is poised to commence commercial operations in Greece early next year, focusing on establishing a same-day service connecting Athens with the industrial north of the country, as well as the islands in the south. Earlier this year, Dronamics became the first cargo drone airline to receive IATA & ICAO designator codes, granting it the authority to issue air waybills and facilitate bookings through its airline partners.
This groundbreaking interline agreement between Dronamics and Qatar Airways Cargo marks a significant step forward in the advancement of cargo drone technology, heralding a new era of interconnectedness, accessibility, and efficiency in global air cargo transportation.