Matternet teams with Japan Airlines as part of drone delivery logistics project in Tokyo

Drone operator Matternet has partnered with Japan Airlines (JAL) provide its drone services in the Tokyo metropolitan area. According to a Matternet press release, the partnership will deploy the Matternet M2 drone system in Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s new “drone logistics business development project” and utilize the system to assess drone delivery opportunities in Japan. Through proof-of-concept trials, JAL will accumulate flight experience on Matternet’s urban drone delivery platform and work with Matternet to develop the future of the partnership’s drone delivery business.

JAL and Matternet will utilize the M2 drone system to transport prescription pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and blood units to stimulate emergency response and disaster relief scenarios. The trial program aims to operate on a BVLOS route over a dense urban area in the heart of Tokyo, transporting items from Mediceo Corp’s East Tokyo warehouse to St. Luke’s International Hospital.

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