Airflow brings former Embraer CEO onto its advisory board, customer order book now stands at more than $600 million

eSTOL air­craft devel­op­er Air­flow has brought for­mer Embraer Group CEO Paulo Cesar Sil­va onto its advi­so­ry board and announced the com­pa­ny’s order book now exceeds $600 mil­lion.

Sil­va spent over two decades at Embraer S.A. in dif­fer­ent roles, over­see­ing all major busi­ness units, and was instru­men­tal in lead­ing the com­pa­ny to its mar­ket-lead­ing posi­tion today. This includ­ed launch­ing EmbraerX to devel­op new dis­rup­tive busi­ness mod­els for the Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty mar­ket.

In his advi­so­ry role, Sil­va will advise Air­flow on bring­ing new air­craft to mar­ket, includ­ing financ­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, and go-to-mar­ket strat­e­gy. 

Com­ment­ing on his new role, he said: “The future of avi­a­tion not only demands net-zero car­bon emis­sions, but also the abil­i­ty to bring to mar­ket a much low­er oper­at­ing cost air­craft while meet­ing the needs of both pas­sen­gers and oper­a­tors.

“The Air­flow team has the right expe­ri­ence to effec­tive­ly seize the oppor­tu­ni­ty of eSTOLs there­by chang­ing the face of sub-region­al trans­porta­tion. I’m excit­ed to work along­side Marc and the team and inform, through my own expe­ri­ence, a focus on cus­tomer needs and a com­pelling val­ue propo­si­tion.”

Air­flow was found­ed in 2019 by five for­mer Air­bus Vahana team mem­bers to bring eSTOL capa­bil­i­ties to the sub-region­al avi­a­tion mar­ket.

The team, led by CEO Marc Aus­man, has deep expe­ri­ence in aero­space and tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment — with back­grounds from com­pa­nies such as Air­bus, Eclipse Avi­a­tion, Northrop Grum­man, Uber Ele­vate, Air­ware, and Scaled Com­pos­ites.

On Air­flow’s web­site, there are two air­craft – the Mod­el 100 which has a pay­load of 500lbs plus car­go and range of 250 miles plus reserves. The Mod­el 200 air­craft can trans­port 2,000lbs of car­go a range of 500 miles plus reserves.

One of the 11 cus­tomers which have already ordered Air­flow’s eSTOL air­craft include Ravn Alas­ka. The com­pa­ny placed a 50-strong order ear­li­er this year and will use the air­craft for flights across the state.

Air­flow says eSTOL air­craft are capa­ble of util­is­ing both exist­ing avi­a­tion infra­struc­ture as well as emerg­ing off-air­port infra­struc­ture, mak­ing them the option of choice for air­lines seek­ing to deploy near-term, car­bon-neu­tral air­craft for sub-region­al mis­sions. These mis­sions are com­ple­men­tary to eVTOL mis­sions envi­sioned with­in urban areas, as eSTOL air­craft can scale with­in exist­ing reg­u­la­to­ry frame­works and serve longer-range mis­sions. 

Aus­man added: “The inter­est that we’re see­ing from air­lines world­wide for real­is­tic eSTOL capa­bil­i­ties is incred­i­ble. This means we’re able to offer car­go and pas­sen­gers oper­a­tors val­ue from day one by using today’s infra­struc­ture, reg­u­la­tions, and use cas­es.

“In fact, cus­tomers will be able to expand their exist­ing net­works using our next-gen air­craft. With Paulo advis­ing Air­flow he will aid us in con­tin­u­ing to focus on our North Star which is a com­mit­ment to solv­ing real-world cus­tomer needs.” 

Air­flow has said its eSTOL solu­tion can save an esti­mat­ed 1.2 GT of CO2 by 2050, while its engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ties exceed the high­est Lead­er­ship in Ener­gy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design stan­dards (LEED) stan­dards, which will save more than 4.2 mil­lion lbs of CO2.

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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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