October 21, 2021
Flirtey, which develops commercial delivery drones, has announced signing an agreement with Mesa Air Group to establish drone delivery operations in the U.S. Flirtey said Mesa ordered four delivery drones, with an option to order an additional 500 aircraft.
The two companies will focus initially on the last-mile food delivery industry, enabling Phoenix-based Mesa to expand beyond the global airlines market and into the global food service market. The immediate goal of the partnership is to conduct commercial drone deliveries in the last-mile food and beverage market in the U.S, with plans to expand drone delivery service to New Zealand.
Flirtey will provide its Flirtey Eagle, an electric-powered, advanced drone that conducts precision delivery to homes and businesses, as well as its autonomous software platform that conducts autonomous flight operations. The partnership will prioritize operational excellence and data collection, enabling for rapid expansion due to Mesa’s experience as a leading regional air carrier. Mesa operates about 450 daily departures across the U.S., and Flirtey has conducted more than 6,000 drone delivery flights. Mesa operates all of its flights as either American Eagle, United Express, or DHL Express flights, pursuant to the terms of capacity purchase agreements entered into with American Airlines, United Airlines, and DHL.
Mesa will begin drone deliveries with four Flirtey Eagle drones, with an option to order an additional 500 aircraft.
“Mesa is excited to partner with Flirtey to become the first scheduled airline to launch drone delivery in the U.S., said Jonathan Ornstein, the chairman and CEO of Mesa Air Group. “Drone delivery is a huge market and it’s here now. This is the future of small package last-mile delivery.”
“Flirtey is excited to partner with Mesa to operationalize our best-in-class drone delivery aircraft and autonomous software platform,” said Matthew Sweeny, CEO and founder of Flirtey. “WIth Mesa’s operational excellence, we look forward to rapidly expanding drone delivery focusing on the trillion-dollar last-mile food delivery market.”
For more details about Flirtey, visit its website here.