US’ American Airlines, UK’s Virgin Atlantic And aircraft leasing company Avolon buy up to 900 near-silent Electric Flying Taxis.
On full charge, the four passenger taxi will go a range of over 120 miles.
It will have a cruise speeds of over 200 mph (321 km/h).
In addition to this, Avolon, an international aircraft leasing company, also signed a ground-breaking order for up to 500 eVTOL aircraft worth approximately US$2 billion.
Both American Airlines And Virgin Atlantic also announced their desires to help the development of emerging technologies that allow reduced carbon emissions.
Reacting to the order, Derek Kerr, Chief Financial Officer at American, said :
“Emerging technologies are critical in the race to reduce carbon emissions, and we are excited to partner with Vertical to develop the next generation of electric aircraft.”
Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO, commented,
“Avolon is proud to be a launch customer for the VA-X4 aircraft, demonstrating our commitment to a net-zero carbon economy.”
Vertical Aerospace’s eVTOL, the VA-X4 is fully electric and promises zero emissions. It has four tilting advance rotors at the front and stowable rotors at the rear.
The near-silent aircraft will be able to carry four passengers and a pilot and will go a range of over 120 miles. It will have a cruise speeds of over 200 mph (321 km/h).
Vertical Aerospace plans to have its first test flight of its VA-X4 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircrafts later this year. The aircraft certification could come as early as 2024. According to Avolon and American Airlines, deliveries would start in three years time.