Domino’s signs deal with SkyDrop to launch next stage of commercial drone delivery in New Zealand

Don Meij, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Domino's Group

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited and Flirtey Inc., also SkyDrop, have signed an agreement for the next stage of commercial drone delivery trials in New Zealand.

Domino’s and SkyDrop have now signed a deal to launch the second stage of their commercial drone delivery partnership in New Zealand.

They plan to conduct a commercial trial of innovative drone delivery services from a Domino’s store in New Zealand to customer homes, expected to commence in 2022.

The trial will be operated by SkyDrop or its designee using drone and safety technology to deliver hot Domino’s pizzas to customers. SkyDrop’s advanced drones are now able to conduct drone deliveries that are speedier, safer, quieter, cheaper, and greener.

Domino’s and SkyDrop drone delivery meets CAA code

Domino’s and SkyDrop launched drone delivery in New Zealand, delivering hot, fresh pizza from Domino’s Whangaparaoa store in Auckland, to a customer by drone.

These demonstrations were conducted under Civil Aviation Rules Part 101 and was attended by both the CAA and Ministry of Transport. The delivery drone was accepted into the Aviation collection at the Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology.

SkyDrop advanced its technology, increasing the payload of the SkyDrop drone up to 3.5kg, increasing the precision delivery altitude of the drone up to 60 meters.

They incorporated a parachute system for safety, expanded production of its aircraft system in the U.S. in conjunction with the FAA certification process and received Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate and Operations Specifications from the CAA in New Zealand.

SkyDrop heralding environmental preservation

As the service scales, New Zealand has the opportunity to be at the forefront of the drone delivery industry globally, and benefit from reduced traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions thanks to electrically powered delivery drones.

SkyDrop’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Sweeny expressed excitement.

“SkyDrop is excited to announce that we have signed an agreement with Domino’s for the second stage of our commercial drone delivery partnership in New Zealand.”

“We’re excited to work with local stakeholders who have the opportunity to be at the forefront of the drone delivery industry globally. We look forward to expanding our leadership in drone delivery focused on the trillion dollar store-to-door food delivery market.”

Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij said, “Domino’s is excited to partner with SkyDrop for the second stage of our commercial drone delivery trial in New Zealand.”

“We invested in this partnership, and technology, because we believe drone delivery will be an essential component of our pizza deliveries in the future.”

“Customers can experience cutting-edge technology and the convenience of having the freshest, hottest pizza delivered by drone from their local Domino’s store to their door.”

Domino’s and SkyDrop deal, a landmark

Domino’s New Zealand General Manager Cameron Toomey said, “Domino’s New Zealand is excited to once again be at the forefront of drone delivery.”

“Our partnership with SkyDrop is an opportunity to continue to lead in the food delivery space not only in New Zealand, but in the world. We can’t wait to give our customers the unique experience of having their favourite Domino’s pizzas delivered by drone!”

SkyDrop and its operating partners are actively hiring in New Zealand and the USA.

SkyDrop, the last-mile drone delivery business by holding company Flirtey, designs and builds drone delivery aircraft coupled with the enabling software and launch platforms.

They provide store to door package delivery solutions to commercial customers.

SkyDrop is the pioneer of the industry, with a mission to make delivery instant for everyone, and a vision of drone delivery that is safer, speedier, quieter, cheaper, and greener.

The company made history when it conducted the first ever FAA-approved drone delivery.