The Wing drone delivery service reached a significant milestone on Thursday 26 August with more than 50,000 deliveries made in the Logan community since the start of 2021.
The 50,000 packages delivered included 10,000 cups of barista-made hot coffee, 2,700 sushi rolls, and 1,000 loaves of bread.
Wing spokesperson Jesse Suskin said Logan was quickly taking its place as the drone delivery capital of the world.
“From Wing’s early days delivering to a small group of customers in two suburbs in 2019, we’re now making thousands of deliveries each week to 19 suburbs, with a combined population of more than 110,000 people,” he said.
“During the first week of August, as Queenslanders went into lockdown, we made nearly 4,500 deliveries in Logan – a record for us – and we continue to average thousands of deliveries each week.”
During Covid 19 lockdowns, customers found drone delivery useful to purchase goods while avoiding human contact.
“In April this year, as residents were asked to stay at home in the lead up to Easter, we delivered more than 250 chocolate eggs, bunnies, and hot cross bun packs to customers in Logan,” Mr Suskin said.
“Earlier this month, as the Ekka was cancelled, we delivered more than 500 show-bags, dagwood dogs, fairy floss, and strawberry ice creams to give customers a little taste of Queensland’s favourite show from home.”
Drone deliveries could reduce road congestion, lower emissions, and make people safer by removing cars from the road.
“In crises such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, our technology can provide access to critical medication, food and other necessities.
“It can help limit human-to-human contact, and support local businesses that are suffering from reduced foot traffic and sales.”
In 2021 Wing also provided drone delivery services to staff from select workplaces.
Wing drones have a wingspan of about 1.5 meters and can carry packages at speeds of over 110 kilometers per hour.
Once a drone has reached its destination, it hovers seven meters above the ground, lowers the package on a tether, and automatically releases it.
Wing’s fastest delivery to date was two minutes and 47 seconds from order to arrival.
“As Wing expands over the next year, we’ll continue to improve our service’s ability to meet the needs of the communities we serve and the local businesses we support,” Mr Suskin said.