Drones - IATA

... of new manufacturers for large and ultra-large unmanned cargo aircraft: • Romaeris Corporation. • Dronamics. • Singular Aircraft. • Beijing Fivmate Technology.
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Please note that throughout this presentation, DRONES may be referred to as one of the following: ·

RPA – Remotely Piloted Aircraft


RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aerial System


RPAV – Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle


UA – Unmanned Aircraft


UAS – Unmanned Aircraft System


UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle


UAVS – Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle System


UCA – Unmanned Cargo Aircraft


Drones CAN be used by the airline industry •

They are fantastic opportunities to gain efficiencies, reduce costs and increase speed.

Drones ARE used by the airline industry •

Many trials are being conducted in the areas of airport operations, surveillance, automated inventory, parcel deliveries, humanitarian support, etc

Drones WILL be used by the airline industry •

Existing and new aircraft manufacturers are all working on unmanned aircraft projects

Big brands are seriously considering unmanned vehicles, all modes of transport

IATA, ICAO and Regulators are looking at ways to integrate safely and efficiently this new branch of aviation

Business opportunities exist for our industry in 3 main areas: •

Airport and ground operations

Transport of goods – drones for tomorrow’s air cargo

Transport of passengers – drones for tomorrow’s travel by air, including urban mobility


Companies trialing drones are everywhere! • Shippers / e-commerce vendors like Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba, JD.com= • Integrators like DHL and UPS • Postal operators in France, Switzerland, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Ukraine, Germany • New players are joining the market: Google with its Project Wing, Matternet, Zipline, etc. • Humanitarian aid with UNICEF, Wings for Aid, World Food Program, Medecins Sans Frontieres, etc. • Medical emergency deliveries in Rwanda, Germany, Malawi, Lesotho, Vanuatu Islands with UNICEF, GAVI Alliance, UPS Foundation


Small drones offer exciting opportunities for the transportation of goods in both firstand last-mile delivery, and they can support specialized delivery solutions in transporting emergency supplies to remote areas and acting as a first response to humanitarian crises and natural disasters. Larger drones that are under development could unlock communities without a transport infrastructure and could be, along with medium-sized drones, costeffective alternatives to traditional aircraft. Examples of new manufacturers for large and ultra-large unmanned cargo aircraft: • Romaeris Corporation • Dronamics • Singular Aircraft • Beijing Fivmate Technology • Natilus • Etc.


Drones for tomorrow’s air cargo will offer new business opportunities for new and existing air cargo players. This is the not to be missed opportunities for our member airlines to capture new markets, open new routes, reduce costs and increase revenues.


2 concrete examples of drones used in airport operations: Aircraft inspections: Airlines and MROs are required to inspect commercial aircraft on a regular basis. Today, 80% of all aircraft inspections are conducted visually, whether during planned maintenance checks or after unscheduled events such as lightning strikes. Every inspection requires qualified personnel using cherry-pickers, elevators and other heavy equipment to find and log defects that can be anywhere on the aircraft. Typical inspections last 6 to 10 hours, costing airlines $10,000 for every hour the aircraft is grounded. The use of automated drones could make the inspection 20x faster, reducing the aircraft downtime and therefore the costs. It could also enhance productivity of the inspectors and guarantee traceability. Clear flight solutions / bi