Technology Transport and Logistics

Japan Airlines to Participate in MLIT’s Smart Island Research Project

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) is aiming to utilize ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and drone technology as a way to respond to the needs of contactless delivery services on the remote islands of Japan. As a representative of the Shinkamigoto Solutions Council, Japan Airlines has entered into an agreement with the MLIT to participate in the Smart Islands Research Project of Japan.


On February 18, 2020, JAL conducted a trial transporting freight for approximately 46km within the local islands in Nagasaki with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) helicopter. On the following day, in conjunction with JAL Cargo`s transport service, fresh fish from Shinkamigoto town in Nagasaki was successfully transported on the same day to a restaurant in Tokyo, demonstrating the potential for UAV services in Japan. Click here for details.

Utilizing the knowledge and experience of the Shinkamigoto Solutions Council, JAL aims to help construct a viable logistics network enabling the country to tackle various sustainability issues related to medical care, while maintaining a safe operating environment for drone related services.

Key Issues to be Solved through the use of UAV Technology
– Ability to collect and notify COVID-19 related test results via contactless technology
– Management of blood stock inventory at local hospitals to prepare for surgery
– Streamlining postal mail services
– Same-day transportation and commercial distribution of fresh fish to the Greater Tokyo area

Outline of the Demonstration
When: Between November 3rd to November 12th
Where: Shinkamigoto town, Ojika town and the City of Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture

Trials will be conducted under the following three routes. The UAV will be remotely operated from JAL`s headquarters in Tokyo.

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Details of UAV Helicopter
Make:Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Name:Industrial UAV helicopter – FAZER-R G2
Size:3,665mm x 734mm x 1,226mm
Max Takeoff Weight:110 kg
Flight Range:90km
Loading Weight:35kg
Endurance:100 minutes
Maximum Speed:72km/hour
Fuel:Regular Gasoline

Supporting Companies
Make Moment Production

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