Garuda Indonesia is planning on putting over 100 heavy duty drones to work within the next five years.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the UAVs from China’s Beihang UAS Technology will be used to ship goods across the more than 18,000 islands across the country.
Director for cargo and business development Mohammad Iqbal said that without disclosing a price, the state-run airline will operate the drones from 30 logistic centers, each with a dedicated airstrip and within five years.
In an interview with Bloomberg, he said: “This will totally change the landscape of the logistic industry in Indonesia. The outlook for the cargo business in Indonesia is not just good, but very good.”
The aircraft is expected to have a wingspan of 60 feet, a range of 750 miles and a cargo capacity of 2.2 tons.
It is also will cost about 30% less than conventional cargo aircraft.
Garuda went on to confirm that it will conduct trials with three drones in the eastern part of the country starting September until the end of the year.
Commercial runs will start early next year in the Maluku islands.