In an unprecedented move within the European Union, Dronamics, the world’s inaugural cargo drone airline, has solidified a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Hellenic Post (ELTA) to propel Greece into a new era of postal delivery service utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles. This agreement signifies the dawn of the first postal cargo drone deliveries in Greece, poised to begin operations in the coming year.
Under the new partnership, Dronamics will embark on middle-mile delivery operations for ELTA, the venerable national postal service of Greece, boasting a robust network of over 1,100 service points and a history spanning nearly two centuries. The service will initially focus on domestic routes, particularly bridging the Greek mainland with its multitude of islands. Additionally, the horizon of this collaboration extends beyond the Aegean, as Dronamics and ELTA explore opportunities for international postal cargo drone deliveries connecting Athens to pivotal European cities.
The strategic choice of Greece as the launching pad for Dronamics’ commercial activities is not arbitrary. The endeavor is to establish a same-day delivery service that not only integrates the industrious northern sector of Greece and the capital city, Athens, but also the archipelago to the south. Golden Cargo, a leader in Greek logistics, will facilitate these services as Dronamics’ General Sales & Service Agent in the country.
The forward-thinking collaboration between Dronamics and ELTA aligns with both entities' commitment to innovative and sustainable development. Dronamics’ cargo drone technology, epitomized by its remotely piloted aircraft, the Black Swan, promises to deliver freight that is not only up to 80% faster and 50% less expensive but also reduces CO2 emissions by 60% compared to conventional delivery services. The Black Swan's ability to operate from short airstrips of merely 400 meters opens new avenues for servicing remote or isolated communities, particularly pertinent for the Greek archipelago, which encompasses over 300 inhabited islands.
Svilen Rangelov, the Co-Founder and CEO of Dronamics, exudes enthusiasm about the partnership, recognizing it as a milestone in realizing the company’s vision: "By aligning with ELTA, we are significantly propelling our mission to democratize same-day delivery, ensuring that no location is beyond reach, and that essential services are equitable and available to all."
Echoing this sentiment, ELTA's CEO Grigoris Sklikas acknowledges the transformative potential of this joint venture: "Our collaboration with Dronamics marks a pivotal evolution, encapsulating our vision for the future – to extend our reach further, faster, and more sustainably."
This move by Dronamics and ELTA comes on the heels of Dronamics' announcement last month of an LOI with the Emirates Post Group, signaling the growing trend of postal services adopting drone technology for logistics. With its Black Swan aircraft, capable of transporting 350 kg (770 lb) over distances of up to 2,500 km (1,550 mi), Dronamics is spearheading a logistics revolution that promises to redefine the industry standards for time, cost, and environmental impact.