Three major players in the Brazilian air transport industry have announced a partnership to commercialize what they call “an eVTOL ride-sharing platform.”
Aircraft leasing company Avolon, Brazilian airline Gol and transport operator Grupo Comporte will collaborate to launch an eVTOL ride-sharing service. As part of the agreement, Gol and Grupo Comporte have committed to purchase or lease up to 250 VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft.
The VA-X4, manufactured by Vertical Aerospace, can transport four passengers and one pilot distances of 100 miles at up to 200 mph. Avolon is a launch customer for the aircraft, which is to be introduced in 2024. In June, Avolon announced an order for up to 500 VA-X4 aircraft from Vertical Aerospace. With this sale, it now has commitments for over half of its order.
“Today’s announcement represents a significant step in building an eVTOL ride-sharing platform that will reshape the commercial aviation market in Brazil. The opportunities to deploy the VA-X4 are enormous,” said Avolon CEO Dómhnal Slattery. “Gol and Grupo Comporte both bring broad and diverse networks, along with proven track records in scaling multiple businesses. Their market access, coupled with our deep knowledge and relationships in the Brazilian aviation market, leaves us strongly positioned to capitalize on the expected demand for 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 Vertical CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick. “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.”