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Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada

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Steve Magirias, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada, in an exclusive interview with Freightcomms talking about technology in healthcare and supply chain industry.

1. Deploying drone delivery solutions for supply chain solutions, What do you think about the future of the supply chain industry with drone services?

There are may opportunities for drones to play a key role in the supply chain industry around delivery. The technology is advancing every day and as the regulations change, drone use cases will expand greatly into many areas of the supply chain industry including final and middle mile delivery services. Each day we see continual advances from many players in the industry including Drone Delivery Canada and this helps to continue to showcase the possibilities with drones.

 

2. Drone Delivery service is the need of the hour? or we are looking at new business routes through the means of the Pharma and Healthcare industry?

We are looking at all routes for drone delivery that provide our customers with value as well as a competitive advantage over other means of delivery. The healthcare industry is one of the key markets we are focused on as we believe we can improve on the delivery service on certain aspects of the healthcare industry.

3. What is the contribution of DSV Canada as a global freight forwarder in Drone Delivery solutions, how it will add value in the drone delivery sector?

DSV Canada is a strategic partner for DDC. We work together to identify opportunities within their customer base where drones can provide unique value to these customers. For the Care by Air project, we are very fortunate to partner with Halton Healthcare, McMaster University, Air Canada and EllisDon to bring this project to reality. By working on these innovative projects with our partners, we look to add value to our customers and to display the many benefits of drone delivery technology.

4. How do you think the healthcare industry will change by adopting new ways of procuring supplies?

Drone delivery can improve existing methods of supply procurement for hospitals by providing instantaneous delivery of crucial supplies. This just in time delivery model can also help reduce inventory costs for hospitals and ensure critical supplies are received when they area required. With the ability to avoid road congestion, drones provide an efficient, quick and environmentally friendly mode of delivery.

 

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

5. With successful adoption of drone delivery mode in the healthcare industry, what is your take on the global drone development industry and what are your expansion plans in the healthcare vertical globally?

We are currently focused on the healthcare industry within Canada to showcase our capabilities as well as the opportunities that drones provide to the healthcare industry. In the future, we will look to expand outside Canada to be able to bring our technology to other markets where we can have a positive impact on healthcare sectors.

 

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

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DRONAMICS announces a strategic partnership with Cotesa

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DRONAMICS announced a strategic manufacturing partnership with Cotesa, a European manufacturer of high-quality composite fiber components for aerospace and automotive companies.

​This agreement ensures that the production of the DRONAMICS’ cargo drones supports the demand for the commercial routes to be launched in Europe in 2023. ​DRONAMICS recently became the first drone cargo company to obtain a European drone airline license.

The Black Swan drone is the only cargo UAV that can carry 350kg (770lb) up to 2,500km (1,550mi) and will be manufactured at Cotesa’s facilities in Germany.

“We are delighted to have Cotesa as a manufacturing partner in Europe. This agreement to produce the Black Swan in their German facility supports our promise to enable same day delivery for everyone, everywhere, and the start of DRONAMICS’ commercial operations as the first drone cargo airline on the continent next year.” said Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of DRONAMICS.

“COTESA is proud to be a partner of Dronamics and support the next step of the development of their offering. Based on our long experience and competence in the manufacturing of components and assemblies for civil aviation, COTESA is excited to partner with such an innovator in the air mobility space.” commented Christian Bartsch, CEO of COTESA.

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IAG Cargo begins trial of first electric terminal tractor, known as a Terberg

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IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group has begun to trial the first electric terminal tractor, known as a Terberg YT203EV, at London Heathrow airport. This is the first electric Terberg operating airside worldwide.

By replacing an existing terminal tractor with an electric Terberg, approximately 30 tonnes of CO2 will be saved per vehicle per year – this is the equivalent of planting over 1,250 trees or taking over 7 cars off the road.

Terberg has been creating electric vehicles since 2014 with the team constantly revising the designs. The latest vehicles can deliver the same capability as the current diesel units in a more environmentally sustainable way, allowing drivers to carry out their work pattern whilst avoiding diesel engine emissions.

In addition to its electric solution, Terberg are also exploring the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, having placed a unit in to test on an off airfield application. This additional environmentally friendly solution will afford Terberg customers such as IAG Cargo further options to achieve their environmental goals.

IAG Cargo are trialling the electric Terberg YT203EV for 12 months, with the ambition to transition its current diesel fleet to more sustainable alternatives, including electric. In the coming years the trial will help IAG Cargo and its partners understand the challenges the business may face when adopting an electric airside fleet, how future electric vehicles could be charged and what additional infrastructure will be needed to support a fleet of electric terminal tractors.

David Rose, Chief Transformation Officer at IAG Cargo commented: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Terberg to trial the first electric Terberg at London Heathrow – this is an exciting advancement for IAG Cargo as we strive to lead on sustainability and be fit for future.

We are continuously looking at ways that reduce our impact on the environment whilst improving our customer offering. This trial is part of a wider effort supporting our commitment to making IAG Cargo, and the wider industry, more sustainable.”

Alisdair Couper, Manager Director at Terberg added: “This is another step towards reducing air cargo’s impact on the environment and so we’re thrilled to work with IAG Cargo to see the first electric Terberg already in action at London Heathrow airport.”

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DHL Express starts a new route of cargo flight between US and Brazil

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DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, expanded its air network by operating its first, dedicated cargo flight between the United States and the Brazilian market. The new route, operated by Cargojet, responds to the increasing international shipping needs between Brazil and the U.S.

“During the past few years, we’ve witnessed unprecedented shipping demand from our customers in the Americas, in both the B2C and B2B segments,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “This network upgrade along the U.S. – Brazil trade lane represents a huge opportunity for importers and exporters to grow their global businesses while receiving unparalleled levels of speed to key markets within the Americas region.”

With a 52-ton capacity per flight, the Boeing 767-300F aircraft will complete the MIA–VCP–BOG–MIA route 6-times a week, connecting Brazil to the DHL Express network with a dedicated flight, which arrives at Viracopos Airport, in Campinas, Sao Paulo. Due to its increased capacity of approx. 620 tons per week, DHL Express expects to improve transit times and offer highly reliable transportation to Brazil and Colombia throughout the year, without a dependency on commercial airlift during peak periods.

The flight departs from the recently expanded DHL Express Hub at the Miami International Airport, benefiting customers shipping from Asia and North America to and from Brazil, as well as customers shipping from Brazil to Colombia, enabling improved connectivity with Brazil and Central America.

The new connection to Brazil is part of DHL Express’ overall expansion plan in the Americas, which includes more than USD $360 million in investments between 2020 and 2022. The company continues to expand its air cargo capacity to cater to rising shipment demand resulting in particular from the e-commerce sector.

This year alone, the company has introduced several new routes, including to and from Vietnam and the United States as bilateral trade increased, adding 102 tons of additional capacity per flight; a new route between Japan and the United States, also in response to the increasing international shipping needs between these two countries, adding 102 tons of additional capacity per flight, six times per week. In late 2021, DHL also introduced a new route connecting Chile directly from the United States, which added more than 600 tons of capacity of cargo per week to the DHL network.

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