Next Tuesday, 7th of December, Dronamics will reveal ‘The Black Swan’, which the company tells us will be the most fuel-efficient cargo airplane ever built and goes a long way to flying cargo in the air at a comparable cost to road freight, which has long been considered impossible. The unveiling will take place at Sofia Airport in Bulgaria at 7:15pm (CET).
The Black Swan isn’t just another UAV, the company points out. It is able to carry up to 350kg of cargo at a distance of up to 2,500km at up to 80% lower cost than any aircraft in existence, it can operate from runways as short as 400m, unpaved, and will enable Dronamics to serve customers in even the smallest and most remote communities.
“The years of hard work are paying off and as soon as we’re done with our extensive test program and obtain certification in 2022, we are going to begin commercial operations, serving customers in Europe and beyond years ahead of everyone else,” commented Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder & CEO.
“For more than 100 years, people have designed airplanes for humans first – meaning they were never really optimised for cargo, and in fact, they’re quite inefficient,” added Konstantin Rangelov, Co-Founder & CTO. “By being extremely focused solely on carrying cargo, we were able to develop an aircraft that is able to do the job at up to 80% lower cost than any other airplane, meaning we can bring the benefits of aviation to billions of people around the world who do not get regular air service.”
Dronamics plans to roll out a global network of ‘droneports’, allowing the Black Swan to provide the critical missing ‘middle mile’ in air freight. Whether ferrying vital supplies between islands or delivering critical spare parts deep into a country, the Rangelovs believe they can link towns and cities around the world with each other in a way simply never possible before.
Able to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel, it will do so in a more environmentally friendly manner than any previous aircraft in existence, enabling global partners to not only serve their customers in the fastest way possible but also in the greenest one as well.