Wingcopter bags WAPP partner for Sub-Saharan Africa

Accra, GHANA/Weiterstadt, GERMANY – German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter says it is working on deploying thousands of delivery drones into the Sub-Saharan skies in the coming five years.

At least twelve thousand of them in fact.

It is challenge rich with ambition, but one that Wingcopter is really determined to see through – which is why they have entered into a deal with Continental Drones Ltd., a subsidiary of Ghana- and Dubai-based investment company Atlantic Trust Holding, to help establish drone-based delivery networks with the thousands of Wingcopter drones across the African continent.

Obviously, Wingcopter has set some roots deep in its Malawi operations, and the company is keen to spread its wings further into the country. Not only in Malawi though – for it is Wingcopter’s desire to penetrate the African delivery drone market that has seen it rope in Continental Drones as its African partner for its WAPP.

No. Not the WAP that cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion sang about.

But the WAPP – the Wingcopter Authorised Partner Programme (WAPP).

“The companies announced that Continental Drones has become a Wingcopter Authorized Partner (WAPP) for all 49 sub-Saharan countries,” a statement from Wingcopter said. “Over the next five years, the goal of the two partners is to deploy 12,000 Wingcopter 198, the world’s most advanced delivery drone, throughout Africa, making it the largest commercial deployment in the global delivery drone industry to date.”

“In many African regions, insufficient infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers to universal health coverage and economic development. Setting up large-scale drone delivery networks across African airspace will propel logistics in these countries to a new level and help build an entirely new transport framework – much faster, cheaper, more sustainable, and more efficient than the development of conventional ground-based infrastructure with all its unhealthy and climate-damaging emissions.”

Continental Drones becomes the latest company to be inducted into the WAPP, following in the footsteps of Synerjet in South America and Itochu in Asia, which joined in October last year and March this year respectively.

Alexander Asiedu, Founder of Continental Drones and Chairman of Atlantic Trust Holding expressed confidence that his company would be equal to the challenge of getting 12,000 deliver drones up in the African sky come the year 2027. “Together with Wingcopter, we are committed to accelerate the development and economic integration of Africa by enabling the creation of drone-based delivery networks across the continent,” Asiedu said. “With our longstanding business experience on the ground and Wingcopter’s best-in-class drone technology, these networks offer a real chance to fuel economic development and help improve the livelihood of millions. African nations show true leadership by implementing this cutting-edge technology for the better of their people and generations to come.”

An increasing number of governments in Sub-Saharan Africa is warming up to the idea of drone technology as a solution to hitherto perennial problem of delivering medical supplies to communities far removed from healthcare facilities. Wingcopter has ongoing operations in Malawi, while Zipline has been accepted in Rwanda, Ghana as well as in Nigeria.

Another drone delivery company, Swoop Aero has its drones doing good things in Malawi, in Mozambique and in the DR Congo.

New kid on the medical drone logistics block, Jedsy, is also trying to chart its path in Malawi.

“Bridging the infrastructure gap through the deployment of large fleets of Wingcopter drones, even in the most remote places, will allow governments and the private sector to leapfrog inefficient infrastructure to climate-neutral, reliable, and fast logistic capabilities,” Wingcopter went one.

“Wingcopter’s technology will be deployed to improve the livelihoods of millions of African people, for example through the on-demand delivery of medicines, vaccines, or laboratory samples but also essential goods for daily use. In addition, it has the potential to turbocharge the economic development of the countries in which the Wingcopter networks will be established by connecting communities more effectively and by creating thousands of new job opportunities to operate these delivery networks.

“As the Wingcopter 198 is fully electric, it contributes to a more sustainable African logistics sector and help move economies towards net zero emissions.”

For Tom Plümmer, Co-Founder and CEO of Wingcopter, this is an opportunity to further entrench the importance of drones as the technology of choice in medical logistics.

“This agreement and trustful partnership is a real game-changer, positioning Wingcopter and Continental Drones at the top of the drone delivery industry,” said Plummer. “Wingcopter is well positioned to execute against the tremendous opportunity of drone delivery in the next decade.

“We are convinced that our cooperation with Alex and his Continental Drones team will unlock the African drone delivery market on a large scale, allowing us to jointly improve and save millions of lives.”

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