Ameriflight announces an agreement to purchase 20 autonomous cargo aircraft from Natilus, a U.S. corporation designing and producing the world’s first autonomous aircraft for efficient and sustainable freight transport, says an article published on Suasnews.
Diversified e-commerce solutions
With the partnership and purchase, Ameriflight will preserve its position as the leader in its industry by building the air cargo network of the future and continuing to push ahead of the competition by providing diversified e-commerce solutions for customers.
The new cargo aircraft will aid in modernizing Ameriflight’s fleet and allow the offering of a high-quality and differentiated product in a part of the industry seeing exponential growth. This will be a complementary service for Ameriflight and is not intended to replace their current flying operation. The company’s goal is to build diversified aviation services, and this fits well with that vision.
“In looking forward, adding this state-of-the-art aircraft will complement our fleet and increase our aptness, allowing us to expand on what we do best and ensuring the success of additional business growth opportunities we have underway,” said Ameriflight President and COO Alan Rusinowitz.
“Natilus’ technology is at the forefront of autonomous innovation and provides a lower cost of operation while remaining well suited in capabilities for the customers in our corner of the industry. We are excited to partner with them on this new fleet.”
“Developing autonomous solutions that are purpose-built to address the needs of the air cargo market is an important step toward developing more robust long-term solutions,” explained Natilus Co-Founder and CEO Aleksey Matyushev.
“The Ameriflight agreement is a major move forward for the air cargo industry to strengthen the regional supply chain”.
New sustainable fuels
Innovation in design allows the Natilus fleet to carry more volume at lower costs, and the exploration of new sustainable fuels will lower carbon emissions. The Natilus fleet of carbon fibre, blended-wing-body designed cargo aircraft offer a 60% reduction to cost of operations and cuts carbon emissions by half.
The Natilus Kona, which Ameriflight is eyeing, is a 3.8 ton payload short-haul feeder uncrewed aerial vehicle. It will be used to support the company’s increased business opportunities, primarily for Ameriflight’s expedited supply chain services
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