15-minute flight on electric air taxi Volocopter will cost €300September 21, 2020
Apparently, Volocopter will be the first aviation startup to organize commercial flights on eVTOL devices for private clients, but this will not happen until 2023.
According to TechCrunch, a 15-minute flight will cost € 300, and 10% of the cost must be paid to register your reservation. The first flight reservations are already open. Only the first 1000 applications will be accepted, and those who have issued them will be able to fly within 12 months after the commercial launch of the service.
“Although we have not yet completed the final certification of air taxi, we already have a realistic timetable for the launch of VoloCity commercial flights in the next 2-3 years. Moreover, customers who book flights now will receive the latest news and plans for a commercial launch from us, ”explained Christian Bauer, Director of Volocopter.
Volocopter has already conducted preliminary tests of the VoloCity eVTOL aircraft in Singapore, Helsinki, Dubai, and also near its headquarters in the German city of Stuttgart. Judging by the successful test results and agreements with the government, the first flights will take place in one of the above cities.
Along with the demonstration of VoloCity’s capabilities at the Singapore show, the company also unveiled the VoloPort landing pad, which will be installed on the rooftops of commercial buildings in major cities and will become a key part of the air taxi service in the near future.
Volocopter currently has five air taxi models: VC1, VC2, VC200, 2X and VoloCity. The latter was introduced in August 2019, is aimed at the commercial market and will be used as the company’s first air taxi.
VoloCity has 18 rotors and resembles a regular helicopter. However, many miniature propellers, instead of two large ones, are much quieter and meet the requirements of European authorities for flight safety. According to the engineers, when ascending to a height of 100 meters, VoloCity will not be heard from the ground. The device is equipped with two electric motors capable of carrying up to two passengers with small luggage for a distance of up to 35 km at a speed of up to 70 km / h. All actions are performed by a computer, and VoloCity itself functions without the help of a human operator.
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