Aircraft leasing company Avolon is partnering with Gol, Brazil’s largest airline and Grupo Comporte, Brazil’s leading transport operator, to commercialise an eVTOL ride sharing platform in Brazil.
The three companies will collaborate to identify and target local partners, infrastructure and certification requirements across a range of commercial models, launching one of the world’s first eVTOL ride sharing businesses. As part of the agreement, Gol and Grupo Comporte has committed to purchase or lease up to 250 VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft.
The VA-X4 is manufactured by Vertical Aerospace. Avolon is a launch customer for the aircraft that can transport four passengers and one pilot to distances of 100 miles at up to 200 miles per hour.
With the announcement, Avolon already has commitments for over half of its order for 500 VA-X4 aircraft that was announced in June 2021.
“The opportunities to deploy the VA-X4 are enormous,” said Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO. “Gol and Grupo Comporte both bring broad and diverse networks, along with proven track records in scaling multiple businesses, making them the ideal strategic partners for Avolon. Their unparallel market access, coupled with our deep knowledge and relationships in the Brazilian aviation market, leaves us strongly positioned to capitalise on the expected demand for VA-X4 zero-emissions, ultra-short-haul transport.”
“The VA-X4 is ideal for a city like Sao Paolo with a population of over 22 million people,” said Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical CEO. “Our eVTOLs will transform how we travel around high population density cities that are clogged with traffic by taking to the skies with zero emissions aircraft.”
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