Kenya’s Astral Aviation to purchase two Falcon cargo drones

Today, at the Farnborough International Airshow, Dubai-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Falcon Drones Technology and Nairobi-based cargo carrier Astral Aviation agreed that the airline will purchase two of Falcon’s  Lucas-F250 drones (pictured), with an option to purchase another 10 of the aircraft next year. The drone has an endurance of 10 hours, a range […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 18, 2018

GEODIS, Delta Drone plan to roll out warehouse drone system this year

Today, the logistics industry is a step closer to fulfilling warehouse optimization fanatics’ fantasies. Logistics company GEODIS and French unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) maker Delta Drone have released a new timeline for their UAV system, which replaces the need for human labor in the inventory-warehouse setting. The partnering companies are now entering the industrial production […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 11, 2018

Singapore Air Show: Drone tech is ready, but are we?

SINGAPORE—Alongside announcements of new freighter conversion orders and rumors of aircraft orders, the Singapore Air Show’s approach to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in airfreight service focused on the long-term promise of technology that may take time to pay off, but has the potential to remake the industry once it does – if the industry can […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 7, 2018

‘Must pass’ FAA reauthorization bill opens doors for commercial drones

Pretty soon, it might be time to start taking drone delivery seriously – at least in the United States. The bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 now requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish a delivery air carrier certificate that would allow for package deliveries by drones. Considered a “must pass” […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 24, 2017

Calling all drone operators! NVdrones wants your crash stories [VIDEO]

Have you ever operated a drone vehicle before? If so, have you ever crashed it? Don’t be shy now, we’re sure the failure rate has to be 100 percent, including the first time you turned on a quad copter and drove it into the concrete by accident. Well, a drone management startup called NVdrones says […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 11, 2017

Patent for hive-like urban drone warehouse hints at Amazon’s e-commerce strategy

A patent application for an urban drone delivery warehouse filed by Amazon.com provides a glimpse at the e-commerce giant’s potential plans for large-scale drone delivery, and it has set the logistics industry abuzz with last-mile speculation. In addition to looking like a beehive, the latest concept drawn up by Amazon’s engineers also emulates the hive’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 27, 2017

WCS 2017: Astral Aerial wins IATA Innovation Award for ‘UTM Concept for Africa’

ABU DHABI -- As IATA wrapped up its 11th World Cargo Symposium here yesterday, it announced that conference participants chose Astral Aerial Solutions as the winner of its 2017 Air Cargo Innovation award, amongst five finalists that had been narrowed down by a panel of judges. Astral Aerial won for its UTM Concept for Africa, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2017

WCS 2017: Disruption finally hits air cargo as carriers pivot

ABU DHABI — There has been talk in recent years about the wave of digital disruption coming to air cargo. Well, that wave appears to have arrived. Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo, as an example, is on its way to true digital transformation, said Laurent Petitmangin, the carrier’s Vice President Marketing, Digital & Communication. Petitmangin said […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 15, 2017

Amazon files patent for ‘Laputa-like’ floating warehouse design

While some predictions of the future of air cargo may seem like “pie in the sky,” Amazon is considering making that phrase a reality. In its latest bid to reinvent the industry, Amazon has filed a patent for “an airborne fulfillment center (AFC) and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to deliver items from […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 29, 2016

ELEVATE panelists discuss rising importance of innovation in logistics

Photo: Gort Productions MIAMI – Air Cargo World kicked off the inaugural session of its very first ELEVATE Airfreight Conference this week with a panel discussion titled “The Rise of Air Cargo Innovation.” Panelists agreed the industry is nearing an inflection point, and the flatness of the air cargo industry is finally starting to gain dimensionality. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 13, 2016

Never fear, UPS test drones are here! [VIDEO]

A child is in danger. He’s having an asthmatic attack, but his inhaler has been left behind. And he’s at camp on an island inaccessible by road. What is the camp counselor to do? This looks like a job for…. aerial drones! It may sound like a bad TV plot, but it’s a serious, potentially […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 23, 2016

New FAA drone regulations may permit increased commercial applications

An expanded set of rules for drone operators released today by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) raised hopes that the government is moving forwards in its efforts to regulate this uncharted area of aviation in the United States. The 624-page set of rules, known as “Part 107,” is the most comprehensive body of regulation […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2016

DHL ‘Parcelcopter 3.0’ gets James Bond treatment in Bavaria [VIDEO]

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another drone video on ACW… OK, we admit that we have a weakness for these little unmanned gadgets, but this particular system, created by Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL, is a far cry from the spindly, insect-like “Parcelcopter” we featured back in September 2014. This is “Parcelcopter 3.0,” […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 13, 2016

Flirtey conducts first autonomous drone test in U.S.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) took another tiny step closer to acceptance in the U.S. after Flirtey, an independent drone manufacturer, successfully completed what it is calling the “first fully autonomous, FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the United States.” The test took place with special clearance by the FAA in an uninhabited area near the town […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 29, 2016
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