U.S-based Wing Drone Delivery continues to rapidly expand its services. With operations already in Finland, Australia, America and more recently Ireland, the company is now setting up in New Zealand, but with a difference.
While the company has registered Wing Aviation NZ Ltd., it has an initial eye on transporting small parcels and mail rather than healthcare or everyday products, reports stuff.co.nz. The company has been active with its efforts to commercialise small parcel drone delivery in Australia for the past eight years.
A Wing spokeswoman said registering the New Zealand business was an “exploratory” step. The company does not have a timeline for delivery operations in New Zealand and was yet to submit any applications with the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.
She commented, ”We would announce any plans for drone delivery operations well in advance, and only after extensive engagement with the local community, and the appropriate New Zealand government and regulatory authorities.”
The spokeswoman continued, “Wing is investing in a range of pilot programs, designed to help enable drone delivery at scale, and bring delivery to more communities around the world. We’ve received strong indications from partners and customers in our existing operating areas that safe, fast, and sustainable delivery is a high value service, and we believe we can ultimately offer it at a lower cost than ground-based delivery approaches.”
Greg Harford, CEO of Retail NZ, commented, “Drone delivery for retailers could have some advantages, especially in congested cities, but as there are some technical limitations in terms of distance, I don’t see drones becoming a mainstream part of the New Zealand shopping experience in the foreseeable future.”
Harford added, “Meanwhile, drone delivery could be an option if courier and freight costs skyrocketed, but whether that stacks up in terms of the economics, I’m not so sure.”
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(News Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/)
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