Bristow Group and Volocopter have signed an agreement to explore and develop passenger and cargo services for eVTOL aircraft in the U.S. and U.K, reports a press release.
As part of this collaboration, UK-based Bristow helicopters, now a part of the U.S Bristow Group, “has placed a firm order for two VoloCity aircraft to be delivered after certification with an option to purchase a further 78 vehicles in the future,” says the release. “Both parties will begin immediate cooperation to build a UAM ecosystem that includes regulatory discussions, infrastructure exploration and local partnership building.”
This joint agreement “covers the exploration of commercial, operational, and eVTOL aircraft maintenance services, including adaptation of the VoloIQ, Volocopter’s proprietary digital platform, to ensure Bristow’s efficient future operations.”
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Volocopter expects to receive final certification from the European Air Regulator, EASA, in 2024, while concurrent certification from the FAA may enable the company to start commercial services in the U.S soon after.
Dave Stepanek, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer for Bristow, commented, “Launching this collaborative effort with Volocopter marks a major milestone in Bristow’s effort to usher in a new era of vertical transportation solutions. Volocopter has taken a pragmatic approach to certification with a simple and elegant initial aircraft design and is leading the pack in its efforts to bring their aircraft to market.”
Christian Bauer, CFO and CCO of Volocopter, added,“With this collaboration, Volocopter surpassed 500 pre-orders accumulated including nearly 30 firm orders from reputable partners. I am filled with excitement toward the vast potential of the U.S. and U.K. markets.”
Founded in 2011, Volocopter will gain centre stage at the Paris Olympic Games in July 2024 and presently employs more than 500 people in Germany and Singapore. The company has completed over 1,500 successful public and private trial flights and has diverse investors including Geely, NEOM, Mercedes-Benz Group, Intel Capital and BlackRock.
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