October 20, 2021

Hillwood partners with Wing as it launches the first commercial drone delivery service in a major U.S. metro

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Hillwood announced today that Wing, one of the first providers of drone delivery services in the United States, will operate a drone delivery facility at Frisco Station as part of a first-of-its-kind commercial service for a major U.S. metro.

In preparation for the launch at Frisco Station, Wing has been conducting test flights since June at Hillwood’s AllianceTexas Flight Test Center, an uncrewed aerial system (UAS) testing facility in Fort Worth. The Flight Test Center is one component of the larger AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ), a first-of-its-kind “do tank,” leading the nation in smart infrastructure deployment.

“We’re excited to partner with Wing as a key operator at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone and Frisco Station as they unveil the first commercial drone delivery facility in North Texas,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood. “Hillwood has a long-standing history of successful public-private partnerships and deep-rooted experience in innovation, and today, those connections push forward the future of how goods and people move.”

The MIZ offers mobility visionaries in surface and air technologies full access to an unparalleled testing ecosystem, resources and partnerships essential to comprehensively scale and commercialize their technologies. Specifically, the Flight Test Center allows public and private stakeholders to accelerate the development and commercialization of urban air mobility (UAM) and UAS technologies and solutions while informing the future regulatory framework in suburban and urban settings. Wing is one of several entities currently operating at the MIZ and the Flight Test Center.

Wing’s drone delivery facility at Frisco Station will initially be dedicated to exploring new UAS use cases, community demonstrations, school field trip educational opportunities and public tours, with a small number of flights beginning the week of October 25. Outside of Frisco Station, Wing has also partnered with Walgreens to launch a first-of-its-kind store-to-door commercial drone delivery service for customers in Frisco and Little Elm.

“Hillwood’s AllianceTexas Flight Test Center provided a unique opportunity for us to conduct research and development efforts this summer, and now Frisco Station is an excellent spot for one of the first drone delivery facilities in a major U.S. metro,” said Jonathan Bass, head of marketing and communications for Wing. “We look forward to launching the commercial service here in the coming months, and to the continued partnership with Hillwood and Frisco Station.”

Further demonstrating the diverse range of global corporates housed at AllianceTexas, technology pioneers including Bell, TuSimple, Gatik, ITS ConGlobal, Phantom Auto, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and many more, have already established a presence at the MIZ.

About the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone

The AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ) is a unique landscape built on collaboration and opportunity. That combination works to connect people, places and ideas that push innovation in surface and air mobility forward. By leveraging its one-of-a-kind infrastructure, the MIZ offers mobility visionaries full access to an unparalleled ecosystem, resources and partnerships essential to comprehensively test, scale, and commercialize the latest technologies. AllianceTexas itself is an unparalleled 27,000-acre regional success story and has transformed the North Texas economy by connecting it to global industry. Hillwood’s AllianceTexas development is anchored by the world’s first dedicated industrial airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and hosts one of the nation’s premier intermodal hubs. AllianceTexas is also home to more than 533 companies which have built more than 53 million square feet and created over 63,000 jobs. For more information, please visit alliancetexasmiz.com/ and alliancetexas.com.

About Wing

Wing has built a lightweight aircraft and navigation system that can deliver small packages directly to homes in minutes, in addition to an Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) system that helps drones navigate the skies safely. Created in 2012, Wing has completed more than 100,000 real commercial drone deliveries across three continents. We believe drone delivery will improve the way our cities operate by reducing road congestion and creating new economic opportunities for local businesses. For more information visit wing.com.