March 30, 2022

FedEx ElroyAir400x275FedEx Express has announced teaming up with Bay Area-based Elroy Air, which is building an end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system. FedEx Express said it will test Elroy Air’s Chaparral autonomous air cargo system within the company’s middle-mile logistics operations, moving shipments between sortation locations. FedEx said this is the latest initiative to explore and adopt emerging technologies across its networks.

“FedEx was built on innovation and we are always looking toward new technologies to help enhance the logistics industry through improved safety, efficiency and customer service,” said Joe Stephens, senior vice president of global planning, engineering and technology at FedEx Express. “We look forward to continued testing and learning throughout our collaboration with Elroy Air.”

Elroy Air announced its signature Chaparral autonomous aircraft earlier this year. The aircraft is an eVTOL aerial cargo system that can autonomously pick up 300 to 500 lbs of cargo and deliver it by air up to 300 miles away. The Chaparral is capable of longer range flights without the need for additional infrastructure, such as airports or charging stations. The two companies have been working together since January 2020, and said they will continue the collaboration to pursue certifications and begin flight testing in 2023.

“We are proud to work with FedEx to build the next generation of express logistics,” said Kofi Asante, vice president of business development and strategy at Elroy Air. “When you’re not limited by challenging infrastructure, traffic, or airports, logistics can reach more people, faster than ever before. We look forward to working together to create a new future for how we get goods to people around the world.”

For more details on Elroy Air, visit its website here.