Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Kenya-based Astral Aerial Solutions.
Under the terms of the LOI, the parties will cooperate and work jointly with the local regulator (Kenya Civil Aviation Authority) to identify and analyse market opportunities in Kenya for DDC’s drone delivery solution with the intent to work towards a definitive agreement for that market.
Michael Zahra, President & CEO of DDC said, “As our first international opportunity, we are pleased to be working with Astral Aerial towards an agreement for DDC’s drone logistics solution in Kenya. There are numerous potential applications from traditional last-mile cargo to mining, oil & gas, healthcare, humanitarian aid and infrastructure inspection services. Astral Aerial’s parent company, Astral Aviation has a global, award-winning reputation and we look forward to a commercial relationship with them.”
Sanjeev Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer of Astral Aerial Solutions and Astral Aviation said, “We are honored to co-operate with Drone Delivery Canada and to learn from their experience in providing innovative drone-based logistics platforms in Canada that can be applied in Africa. The Canadian technology can benefit various sectors in Africa especially in Healthcare and accessibility to Remote Communities.”
Vito Cerone, Managing Director Sales and Commercial Strategy for Air Canada Cargo said, “Air Canada is proud to have played an instrumental role in yesterday’s announcement between Astral Aerial Solutions and Drone Delivery Canada. Africa is a key market for cargo drones and we are proud that Astral Aviation has selected DDC’s proven technology for Kenya.”
Air Canada Cargo has been working as the sales agent to Drone Delivery Canada since June, 2019. During this time, DDC has successfully signed with several customers in Canada, some of whom are already using cargo drones for commercial deliveries in Canada.