AutoFlight, an eVTOL developer and manufacturer, has announced that it has entered into a contract with EVFLY, an air fleet management and operation company.
EVFLY will initially purchase 205 Prosperity I and Prosperity Cargo Aircraft, the first 10 of which will be operated in the Middle East. These will be the first 10 AutoFlight Cargo aircraft in the region.
Together, the companies will expand into the Middle East, into markets such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, with subsequent deployments in Asia and Africa.
AutoFlight’s President, Omer Bay-Yohay, said: “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.”
The partnership is underpinned by EVFLY’s comprehensive fleet management service that integrates the latest technology for eVTOL maintenance and operational efficiency.
EVFLY’s Founder and CEO, Yannick Erbs, added: “AutoFlight has a proven aircraft, as demonstrated by their world record flight and thousands of additional flight test miles.
“They are a natural choice for EVFLY, as both parties will bring expertise to the nascent eVTOL cargo and passenger markets.”
On 23 February, AutoFlight achieved the world’s longest eVTOL flight in history with distance of 250 kilometers / 155 miles on a single charge of the aircraft’s lithium-ion batteries.
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