Avolon and Air Greenland, the flag-carrier for Greenland, will partner to form a Working Group to assess the opportunity to commercialise zero-emissions air travel, and will also identify local infrastructure and certification requirements for eVTOL aircraft.
In February, AirAsia signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Avolon to lease a minimum of 100 VX4 eVTOL aircraft and develop an urban air mobility (UAM) platform in southeast Asia.
Described as the second largest aircraft leasing company in the world, Avolon signed a 500-strong order with Vertical Aerospace last year. Air Greenland will purchase or lease a fleet of VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon, with the size of its fleet to be decided at the conclusion of the Working Group’s assessment of the scale of the market opportunity.
Dómhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon, and who was recently appointed as Vertical Aerospace’s Non-Executive Chairman, said: “Since our initial order, we have seen airlines all over the world make a commitment to the zero-emissions travel by selecting the VX4 aircraft as the first step in their decarbonisation journey.
“Today’s announcement with Air Greenland means we are taking zero-emissions travel to where climate change is having its most pronounced impact.”
The VX4 is claimed to be the most advanced and the safest eVTOL in the market and will be built to European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) safety certification standards – the most stringent global requirements and at the same level as commercial aircraft.
The VX4 will be near silent when in flight and will have zero operating emissions, transporting four passengers and one pilot distances of over 100 miles at up to 200 miles per hour.
Jacob Nitter Sørensen, CEO of Air Greenland, added: “Today’s announcement marks the start of our long-term sustainability journey.
“In Greenland, we see the effects of climate change every day and as a company, we want to be at the forefront of the climate revolution.”
Last month, Leonardo helped design, test, manufacture and supply the carbon composite fuselage for the VX4, by optimising lightweight composite structures, modular design, systems installation, and structural testing for the co-development of the aircraft’s fuselage.