Dufour Aerospace has confirmed Savback Helicopters as a distributor for its eight-seater tilt-wing eVTOL aircraft, Aero3, across Scandinavia.

Savback Helicopters will promote Aero3 in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The company is a revered name in the vertical flight industry, having traded and marketed helicopters for more than 30 years, and will provide significant knowledge of user cases and market prospects coming into the vertical lift market.

Thomas Pfammatter, CEO and Co-Founder of Dufour Aerospace, said: “Savback Helicopters is a reliable, experienced partner, well-positioned to promote our Aero3 aircraft in Scandinavia. It makes us proud that such an experienced company strongly anchored in the helicopter market believes in the real potential of our vision, designs and team.”

The Aero3 has a maximum take-off weight of 2,800kg (6173 lbs), useable weight of 750kg (1,653 lbs), a maximum speed of 350 km/h (189 knots) and a range of 1,020 km (551 nm). It is being designed to meet EASA’s SC-VTOL standards, making use of a hybrid-electric propulsion system to meet the requirements of operators in multi platforms.

The agreement with Dufour Aerospace demonstrates the confidence that Savback Helicopters have in the future of eVTOL, and the advantages to be gained from being an early mover in the urban air mobility sector, worth an estimated $1.5 trillion by 2040 according to Morgan Stanley.

Reja Savbäck, CEO of Savback Helicopters, added: “We strongly believe that Dufour Aerospace’s eight-seater Aero3 provides options for both today’s helicopter market, as well as new use cases which its cutting edge technology opens up for us.

“We are proud of this partnership, as it shows that Dufour Aerospace trusts both our vast experience and our network in the aviation industry. Savback has identified the development of new markets across the countries of Scandinavia as being pivotal to success.”

Dufour Aerospace relies on the tilt-wing principle. The tilt-wing aircraft Aero3, which is currently under development, takes off and lands vertically in the smallest space like a helicopter, but flies as fast and economically as an aeroplane.

While the propellers are electrically driven, hybrid elements (conventional turbine or fuel cells) ensure a sufficiently long-range (hybrid propulsion). In addition to the Aero3, Dufour Aerospace is also developing the Aero2, an unmanned small aircraft that is also based on the tilt-wing principle.

While the manned Aero3 is eminently suitable for addressing the needs of Advanced Air Mobility, Dufour Aerospace has said it is initially focused on applications that do not require additional new infrastructure, such as Air Ambulance and Search and Rescue missions.