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Dubai courier Aramex rules out drone use

Chief executive says using unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver parcels do not yet make financial sense

Dubai courier Aramex rules out drone use
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Dubai courier firm Aramex has no immediate plans to introduce drones to deliver packages to customers, a senior executive said.

The logistics firm’s chief executive told a press conference in Dubai on Thursday that its priority was “cost consolidation” and drones did not yet make financial sense.

“If drones could carry 50-60 packages at a time, then maybe we would consider using them in future, but right now it’s too early,” said Hussein Hachem.

“Or, if they carried just one package, but customers were prepared to pay a premium, then possibly... But currently I do not see it.”

Last month, the UAE's aviation authority announced it would issue new regulations for drones - officially called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - after air traffic in Dubai came to a standstill for 55 minutes in January as a result of aunauthorised use of recreational drones.

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