China-based AutoFlight announced a major deal with EvFly this week, a Singapore-based fleet-management and air-transport company, reports a press release. EvFly is purchasing 205 Prosperity 1 passenger eVTOL and Cargo Aircraft. The first 10 will be flown in the Middle East in countries like United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. 

Omer Bar-Yohay, President of AutoFlight, enthused, “This is a fantastic deal and illustrates just a few of the many geographies that will benefit from eVTOLs in both cargo and personal mobility.  The team at EvFly has a proven track record in successfully managing freight and cargo businesses and we’re delighted to be partnering with them in what could be one of the first commercial eVTOL operations in the world.”

Yannick Erbs (credit EvFly)

The release states, “The partnership is underpinned by EvFly’s comprehensive fleet management service which integrates the latest technology for eVTOL maintenance and operational efficiency.  This will provide a unique solution for companies wishing to use eVTOL for commercial or private purposes.”

Yannick Erbs, Founder and CEO of EvFly, commented, “AutoFlight has a proven aircraft, as demonstrated by their recent world record flight and is backed by additional thousands of flight test miles. The company is a natural choice as both parties will bring expertise to the nascent eVTOL passenger and cargo markets.”

This agreement comes on the back of Autoflight’s fourth-generation Prosperity I eVTOL prototype which flew, on a single charge of the aircraft’s lithium-ion batteries, for 156 miles at its R&D site in southern Germany.

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Described as “the world’s longest eVTOL flight in history”, this record-breaking achievement took place on February 23rd. It consisted of 20 circuits around a predefined flight track, with the aircraft remotely piloted from the ground. While AutoFlight’s Gen4 is fitted with the latest in state-of-the-art avionics, the eVTOL also ran third-party avionics to record and verify the distance flown on ‘ForeFlight’, an independent system widely used in the aviation industry.

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