Air Cargo Management

Dronamics becomes world’s first cargo drone airline granted IATA and ICAO codes


Dronamics, the world’s first cargo drone airline with a license to operate in Europe, has been officially assigned both IATA and ICAO designator codes, making it the first cargo drone airline to secure them, raising its reputation to be on par with other international airlines.

Аs a developer and operator of large, long-range drones built specifically for cargo, Dronamics states that its flagship Black Swan is able to carry 350kg (770lb) at a distance of up to 2,500km (1,550 miles) up to 80 per cent faster, 50 per cent cheaper and with up to 60 per cent lower emissions than alternative modes of transport, including air freight.

IATA codes play a critical role in the aviation industry, serving as essential identifiers for airlines, their destinations, and cargo documents. Being assigned the IATA designator code ‘OY’, along with the accounting prefix ‘651’ enables Dronamics to be officially recognised as an airline entity, supporting commercial interline agreements with other IATA carriers, facilitating connections with freight forwarders, and enabling the publication of flight schedules through OAG, the world’s leading provider of digital flight information.

Securing the ICAO telephony call sign ‘Black Swan’ and the airline designator ‘DXE’ further solidifies Dronamics’ presence in the global aviation community. These ICAO codes are utilised by pilots and air traffic controllers worldwide, playing a crucial role in flight planning, communication with air traffic control, and the dissemination of vital information through NOTAMs (Notice to Air Missions).

Svilen Rangelov, co-founder and chief executive of Dronamics, said: “Becoming the first cargo drone airline with both IATA and ICAO designator codes is a testament to Dronamics’ pioneering spirit and our vision for faster, cheaper and green air cargo for everyone, everywhere.

“This recognition by the leading aviation community reinforces our position on the international aviation map.”

Dronamics has been officially assigned both IATA and ICAO designator codes

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