Indian Transport & Logistics

Blue Dart commences drone deliveries with Skye Air

Initially focusing on e-commerce sector, "drones set to revolutionise last-mile delivery by offering same-day delivery."

Blue Dart commences drone deliveries with Skye Air
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Blue Dart, South Asia's leading courier and integrated express package distribution company, has successfully launched drone deliveries in collaboration with Skye Air, a leader in drone technology.

The move marks a significant advancement towards cleaner and more efficient delivery solutions, says an official release. "Initially focusing on the growing e-commerce sector, this innovative approach is set to revolutionise last-mile delivery by offering same-day delivery for shipments, significantly reducing delivery time and environmental impact."

Balfour Manuel, Managing Director, Blue Dart says: “The logistics sector in India is experiencing an exhilarating phase. The nation's robust economic growth, coupled with the aspirations of its consumers and growth in Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities, has significantly boosted purchasing power. This surge in demand emphasises the need for innovative solutions that drive growth while ensuring efficiency and sustainability. As we witness the marvel of drone technology, we eagerly anticipate extending this service further, with plans to cover additional pin codes in subsequent stages with our partners.”

As part of DHL eCommerce division, Blue Dart offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding, supply chain solutions and customs clearance, the release added.

Skye Air is doing nearly 100 deliveries for Blue Dart in Gurugram through the agreement, says Ankit Kumar, CEO, Skye Air. "Deliveries that could take hours for Blue Dart employees can now be completed in around 10 minutes by drones. We have built Skye Pods in three societies on long-term lease. Packets of 5-6 kgs are flown by our drones to these Skye Pods where they are accepted by Sky Walkers who then distribute individual packages to customers."

Skye Air recently signed a deal with ECom Express for joint operations in Gurugram, and the plan is to integrate drones into the last-mile delivery eco system.

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