21 JUNE 2021
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A company with a name not to forget, Vertical Aerospace, has partnered with Virgin Atlantic to pioneer sustainable and zero emission short-haul air travel in the UK.
The collaboration includes an option for Virgin Atlantic to purchase up to 150 eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft.
The essential plan is to establish short-haul, electric aircraft connectivity between UK cities and airport hubs for the first and last 100 miles of the customer journey.
In parallel, Vertical Aerospace has announced its intention to become publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange which is expected to close in the second half of 2021.
The fully electric VA-X4 is a zero emissions, near silent, electric aircraft with a range of 100+ miles, speeds of over 200mph and the ability to carry four passengers in addition to a pilot. Virgin says it is set to revolutionise urban mobility and electrify air travel, with certification to the same safety standards as commercial airliners.
Commercial operations of the VA-X4 are planned for 2024 following regulatory approval and certification. A full-scale prototype of the VA-X4 is currently in production and the first test flight is planned for later this year.
At the same time as the Virgin Atlantic announcement Dublin-based aircraft leasing company Avolon (Avolon-e) announced an order for up to 500 of the electric aircraft joining Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, and American Airlines as equity investors in Vertical.
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