Bris­tow Group has ordered five eVTOL ALIA-250 air­craft man­u­fac­tured by BETA Tech­nolo­gies, with the option to pur­chase an addi­tion­al 50 ALIA air­craft, which will have a max­i­mum range of 250 nau­ti­cal miles and car­ry 1,400 lbs of pay­load, or six peo­ple includ­ing a pilot.

With a 50-foot wingspan and a car­bon-fibre fuse­lage, the air­craft uses a sin­gle dis­trib­uted direct-elec­tric propul­sion sys­tem and has four hor­i­zon­tal­ly mount­ed rotors to pro­vide ver­ti­cal lift and a sin­gle pro­peller in the rear to pro­pel the air­craft for­ward.

Bris­tow exec­u­tive VP Dave Stepanek said: “This order firm­ly posi­tions Bris­tow as an ear­ly adopter and leader in prag­mat­i­cal­ly devel­op­ing advanced air mobil­i­ty oper­a­tions and ush­er­ing in a new era in ver­ti­cal lift solu­tions.

“By lever­ag­ing our 70+ years of exper­tise as a leader in ver­ti­cal lift, we plan to use the BETA ALIA to safe­ly and reli­ably move pas­sen­gers and time-sen­si­tive car­go as part of the devel­op­ment of new region­al mobil­i­ty net­works in the US and oth­er strate­gic loca­tions.”

BETA founder and CEO Kyle Clark added: “We designed ALIA with reli­a­bil­i­ty, effi­cien­cy, and the high­est-val­ue car­go in mind, all of which are cen­tral to the types of crit­i­cal mis­sions Bris­tow car­ries out on a glob­al stage.

“Over the past few months, we have made strides with our flight test pro­gram, prov­ing the air­craft is capa­ble of per­form­ing in con­di­tions it will see in ser­vice. We are grat­i­fied by Bris­tow’s con­fi­dence in our con­tin­ued progress, and we look for­ward to part­ner­ing to pro­vide a safe and sus­tain­able sys­tem to trans­form region­al trans­porta­tion.”

The bat­tery is charged in under an hour using BETA’s own charg­ing infra­struc­ture, which can be deployed as a stand­alone fix­ture to enable air­port oper­a­tions or inte­grat­ed into a charg­ing pad for off-air­port appli­ca­tions.