VIDEO: IAG Cargo tests drone tech in Madrid warehouse

By Damian Brett

IAG Cargo Drone Trials

IAG Cargo has tested autonomous drone technology within its warehouse facility in Madrid to carry out freight checks.

The trial comes after the cargo business found it was spending an average of 6,500 hours each year recording the barcodes and location data of freight across its individual warehouses.

The drone, developed by start-up FlytBase, have carried out a total of two trials which involved the units autonomously navigating across multiple racks, detecting and reading AWBs, identifying empty slot locations and returning itself to a charging doc for self-charging. 

Carly Morris, head of innovation, IAG Cargo, said: “We are continuously looking for solutions to increase the efficiency and accuracy of our logistical operations, so we are delighted that the trials with FlytBase have been successful so far.

“Watching our autonomous drone take off, navigate our warehouse, collect valuable location and barcode data, and then return itself to an origin point for self-charging is an incredible sight, and shows the huge potential drones have in the aviation and logistics sectors.

“This trial is only one aspect of IAG Cargo’s continuous programme of innovation and investment which changes how logistics works, challenges the status quo and ensures our customers receive the best possible service. We have more exciting new technology tests and trials in 2020 that will help change the way our industry approaches some age-old problems.”

IAG said there will be a continuation of testing of certain elements of the drone operation early next year in order to make improvements on what has already been achieved.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest airlines news

Qatar Cargo roars into action for lion charity flights

By Damian Brett

Qatar Airways Cargo has transported seven lions to nature reserves in South Africa free of charge as part of its…

Read More

Share this story

IAI to open Korean B777 conversion line to meet demand

By Damian Brett

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group is planning to open a new B777 freighter conversion line at Incheon International Airport…

Read More

Share this story

IATA: Cargo demand at “all time high” but capacity is yet to recover

By Rachelle Harry

Air cargo volumes in March reached an all-time high for the month, according to IATA in its latest air cargo…

Read More

Share this story