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News: Virgin Partners With Vertical Aerospace

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  1. Vertical Aerospace Gets Lift From Virgin Atlantic Partnership

    UK eVTOL entity Vertical Aerospace has been given a vital boost with a partnership being announced between them and Virgin Atlantic. The partnership does of course entail the purchase of many of the company's VA-X4 eVTOL UAM aircraft...more on that later in the article. The aircraft is said to meet the stringent requirements of the CAA and EASA. With a flat out top speed of 202 mph the VA-X4 will be a nimble craft carrying up to four passengers and the pilot 100 plus miles. It is all electric, therefore no emissions as well as a low noise profile overall. The VA-X4 has four tilting advanced rotors at the front and stowable rotors at the rear. It is set to revolutionize urban mobility and electrify air travel, with certification to the same safety standards as commercial airliners.
  2. Virgin Atlantic will have its branded shorthaul eVTOL service as a result of this partnership with Vertical Aerospace. To this end the commercial airline has ordered up to 150 of the aircraft. Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic CEO, said: "With innovation and sustainability leadership firmly in our DNA, we are excited to be partnering with Vertical Aerospace to pioneer sustainable and zero emissions air travel in the UK. We pride ourselves on building enduring strategic partnerships and are thrilled to be working alongside Vertical in its mission to bring eVTOL travel to the UK." Here is the appeal and potential market for an aircraft like the VA-X4. For example, it would reduce the 56-mile journey from Cambridge to London Heathrow to just 22 minutes (compared to one hour and 30 minutes by road). With 37 towns and cities with populations over 100,000 within 100 miles of London Heathrow, the VA-X4 offers huge potential to support zero-emissions short-haul transfers for 7.7 million customers outside of London, for flights to and from the UK’s main hub airport. A full-scale prototype of the VA-X4 is currently in production and the first test flight is planned for later this year. Commercial operations of the VA-X4 are planned for 2024 following European Union Aviation Safety Agency and UK Civil Aviation Authority certification.

    For more information:

    Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd.
    Unit 1, Camwal Court, Chapel Street
    Bristol, BS2 0UW
    www.vertical-aerospace.com

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