Skip to main content

Flying pizza on its way to New Zealand: Domino’s demos drone delivery

flying pizza looks to be on its way new zealand as dominos demos drone delivery flirtey
Flirtey / Domino's
There are some massive companies out there desperate to get into drone delivery. Amazon, Google, Walmart, Domino’s Pizza in New Zealand … wait, Domino’s Pizza in New Zealand?

Well, it certainly seems that way, and let’s face it, if anything needs to be delivered in super-quick time, it’s pizza. So Domino’s – in New Zealand – is on the case.

Working with Nevada-based drone delivery specialist Flirtey, Domino’s ran a test flight on the outskirts of Auckland on Thursday, successfully demonstrating a delivery system where the flying machine lowers the pizza – inside a box, obviously – to the ground via a winch.

In a bid to show just how serious it is about its plan to offer pizza deliveries by drone, Domino’s invited to the demonstration a representative from the country’s civil aviation authority as well as transport minister Simon Bridges. And they both turned up.

The delivery marked the final step in Flirtey’s approval process for Domino’s delivery plan, with flights to customer homes expected to launch later this year from a select New Zealand store … except that it does still have to be green-lighted by the authorities.

“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,” said Don Meij of Domino’s Pizza Australia. Hang on, that name rings a bell. Ah yes, he’s the fella behind DRU, the diminutive delivery droid that the company also wants to use to deliver its food.

Despite the delivery drone still needing regulatory approval, Meij insists the the ambitious plan “isn’t a pie-in-the-sky idea.” Yes, he really said that. The pizza boss added that the strategy is as authentic as the cheese that tops the company’s pizzas, and that he’s determined to “make this a reality for our customers.”

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
Watch the India tour of New Zealand cricket matches on ESPN+
Watch cricket on ESPN+

The 2020 cricket season is officially underway, with India’s tour of New Zealand having kicked off on January 24. The first test has already concluded with New Zealand taking the win and the second test began just yesterday (Friday, February 28), so now’s the perfect time to sign up for ESPN+ and stream all the action. If you’re looking for the best way to watch cricket online, then read on.

ESPN+ launched almost two years ago, and while the sports broadcaster was slower than others to bring its content into the world of streaming (mostly due to stricter regional broadcasting restrictions, which have historically made online streaming iffy for sports fans), this premium service has quickly grown into a must-have for cord-cutters and anyone else who can’t get enough of Cricket, UFC, Top Rank Boxing, Major League Soccer, and more.

Read more
Air New Zealand unveils sleep pods for passengers in coach
Air New Zealand sleep pod

Being cooped up in coach on a long-haul flight is never any fun, but Air New Zealand is planning to make things a little easier for its economy passengers.

The carrier wants to offer lie-flat sleep pods for travelers on its longest flights, including its new 17-hour and 40-minute route between Auckland and New York City that launches next year.

Read more
Drone delivery: Medical supplies will soon be flying around San Diego
A Matternet drone flying in the sky.

Medical facilities are becoming increasingly interested in drone delivery as a way to quickly move important samples and supplies between nearby hospitals and laboratories.

UPS and drone company Matternet is one such partnership that’s exploring the space, with the pair already conducting test deliveries of blood for transfusions and other medical samples between facilities in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Read more