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Flirtey Partners with Domino’s to Make First Drone Pizza Delivery

Drone delivery powerhouse accomplishes yet another industry first

August 25, 2016

Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny, New Zealand Minister of Transport Simon Bridges, and Domino's CEO Don Meij pose with Flirtey's pizza delivery drone.

After a string of industry-first drone deliveries and a partnership with 7-Eleven, Flirtey announced today both its partnership with Domino’s Pizza and the first commercial pizza delivery by drone.

The autonomous delivery took place in Auckland, NZ, attended by the Civil Aviation Authority and Simon Bridges, New Zealand’s minister of transport — who happens to be a proponent of autonomous vehicles on the streets as well as in the air.

Flirtey has a history of working very closely with U.S. government agencies. However, in this case, the company opted against working with the FAA.

"New Zealand has the most forward-thinking aviation regulations in the world,” Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny said in a news release, “and with the new U.S. drone regulations taking effect on Aug. 29, Flirtey is uniquely positioned to bring the same revolutionary Flirtey drone delivery service to partners within the United States."

This marks the beginning of a savory business relationship for Flirtey and Dominos. Sweeny said “soon, you will be able to order a Flirtey to deliver your pizza on-demand.”

And no need to worry about the pizza cooling down as it zooms to your door — pizza-by-drone engineers have that covered as well. The delivery tested state-of-the-art pizza packaging, specially designed to maintain both the perfect temperature and flavor.

Flirtey is making aggressive moves to expand the drone delivery business both in the U.S. and in New Zealand. The company is looking to hire drone operators in the U.S. — so maybe it’s time to start studying for the Part 107 test.
Featured image: Domino's Pizza