Flock has become the exclusive risk partner of Skyports for its drone insurance, meaning it can further the development of its drone delivery services.
Skyports said it would be starting with initial ‘Beyond Visible Line of Sight’ (BVLOS) test flights in the UK, Belgium, Sweden and Finland.
The London-based company is currently at the forefront of developing and implementing an end-to-end global drone delivery service.
It says its aim is to drastically reduce operating costs, revolutionise service and accelerate worldwide adoption.
The company has been steadily acquiring rooftop space within the UK and further afield globally, for use as “vertiports” to be used by passenger and cargo drones landing and takeoff within urban environments.
As part of the announcement this morning, Skyports detailed how these activities are further proof of its position at the forefront of the industry which is helping to usher in the next era of urban air mobility.
From Flock’s point of view, it has teamed up with Skyports to design a bespoke Flock Enterprise insurance programme, one which evolves alongside the operating model of Skyports – from testing, through to operations.
The custom programme includes scaled premiums based on test flying, flight durations and multi-flight discounts.
The Flock Enterprise package responds to the developing experience of pilots, rewarding increasing experience of commercial flying with decreasing premiums.
Commenting on the move, Ed Leon Klinger, CEO of Flock, said: “Skyports is one of the truly groundbreaking companies reinventing the future of urban mobility. Our unique approach to real-time insurance will enable them to capitalise on granular risk insights to proactively mitigate flight risks, improve safety standards across their fleets, and reduce their insurance premiums.
“Flock Enterprise enables large drone companies to undertake increasingly complex flights and operations, from oil and gas inspections to autonomous package delivery. We’re proud that our technology is opening up the UK’s airspace and accelerating growth of the industry.”
While Duncan Walker, managing director of Skyports, added: “Skyports philosophy is to partner with companies early on to ensure we meet our customers’ needs and Flock provides this service for us. We have big plans to expand our global drone delivery operations and vertiport infrastructure offering and our tailored insurance cover with Flock ensures we do this safely whilst keeping costs low for our customers.”
CDP sat down with Skyports’ Duncan Walker last year at the beginning of the journey.
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