AirAsia explores urban drone deliveries

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Teleport, the logistics venture of AirAsia Digital, is exploring the use of automated drones to deliver goods from AirAsia’s e-commerce platforms, which is expected to create new job opportunities including for those who lost jobs in the aviation industry.

AirAsia Group Bhd said Teleport was teaming up with Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), the lead secretariat of the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS), to launch the Urban Drone Delivery Sandbox.

“The pilot project for the delivery of goods from AirAsia’s e-commerce platforms, including AirAsia shop, using automated drones is set to be carried out through a six-month phased approach at the third NTIS test site in Cyberjaya,” it said in a

statement yesterday. The service is currently at the testing stage with two local drone operators VStream Revolution Sdn Bhd and Meraque Services Sdn Bhd.

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes described urban drone delivery as an innovative logistic solution that would improve efficiency and operational excellence as well as accelerate the pace of delivery in urban areas.

AirAsia Headquarters in Malaysia. PHOTO: BERNAMA