US-based regional airline Mesa Air Group has decided to venture into the last-mile food delivery business, using drones. With the initial pilot program planned for Nevada, the airline wants to expand its drone delivery service across the US, followed by New Zealand.
For this, Mesa Air has partnered with aerospace technology company Flirtey. The airline has already ordered four drones from the aircraft designer and manufacturer for its pilot program, with their agreement providing an option to order additional 500 aircraft. Mesa says it’s the first scheduled airline to launch a drone delivery business in the US.
For precision delivery to homes and businesses, Flirtey will provide Mesa with “Made in the USA” electric-powered, advanced aircraft called Flirtey Eagle. Further, to facilitate commercial operations, Flirtey will also provide Mesa with a software platform that conducts autonomous flight operations.
It’s worth noting that Flirtey has already…