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Pizza drones to rain pies from New Zealand skies

7 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, August 25 2016 Aug 25, 2016 August 25, 2016 9:51 AM August 25, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
Image: Domino's/Flirtey

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - It was bound to happen eventually. Domino’s has received the approval necessary to begin testing pizza delivery via drone in New Zealand.

The pizza giant has partnered with drone operator Flirtey to establish the first commercial drone delivery service of its type in the world later this year.

Domino’s executives say they’ve been investigating the futuristic delivery method for some time, and now they say the use of a drone to drop pies would be faster than by car or scooter.

Domino’s says it will offer drone delivery specials with the launch of the trial, but more menu offerings will eventually be soaring through New Zealand skies as the test continues.

"With the increased number of deliveries we make each year, we were faced with the challenge of ensuring our delivery times continue to decrease and that we strive to offer our customers new and progressive ways of ordering from us," Don Meij of Domino’s said.

Just last year, aviation rules were updated in the country that will allow New Zealand to remain on the bleeding edge of commercial drone use.

"Domino's is all about providing customers with choice and making customer's lives easier," Meij said. "Adding innovation such as drone deliveries means customers can experience cutting-edge technology and the convenience of having their Supreme pizza delivered via air to their door. This is the future.”

If the pilot program is a success, Domino’s says it will next expand the delivery method to further test markets in Australia, Belgium, France, Holland, Japan and Germany.

Domino's recently unveiled the DXP vehicle with built-in ovens to keep pizzas hot, making their plans to experiment with drone delivery at least a little less ridiculous and unexpected.

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