UAV Air Greenland orders eVTOL aircraft with Avolon for Zero-Emission operations
Leasing company Avolon and Air Greenland have announced a partnership that sees the operator ordering zero-emission eVTOL aircraft.
Air Greenland has partnered up with aircraft leasing company Avolon to tackle climate change by bringing zero-emission aircraft to the region. Air Greenland will receive a fleet of Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft.
Both companies will collaborate in form of a working group that tries to assess the opportunity to commercialize zero-emissions air travel in the region of Greenland. Local infrastructure and certification requirements will be identified for the eVTOL aircraft.
Dómhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon commented: “Since our initial order, we have seen airlines all over the world make a commitment to the zero emissions travel by selecting the VX4 aircraft as the first step in their decarbonisation journey. Today’s announcement with Air Greenland means we are taking zero-emissions travel to where climate change is having its most pronounced impact. We look forward to working with Air Greenland to bringing the zero-operating emission VX4 aircraft to where it matters the most.”
Jacob Nitter Sørensen, CEO of Air Greenland, added: “Today’s announcement marks the start of our long-term sustainability journey, and we are excited about bringing zero emissions travel to our region. In Greenland, we see the effects of climate change every day and, as a company, we want to be at the forefront of the climate revolution. The VX4 aircraft will have many uses for Air Greenland and, through our partnership with Avolon, we look forward to welcoming our first travellers onboard in the near future – flying our guests to Ilimanaq Lodge to show the visible impacts that climate change is having on our country and planet.”
As of June 2021, Avolon had an order book for Vertical Aerospace´s VX4 of 500 aircraft, valued at approximately US $2 billion according to current list prices. Avolon has placed an order for 250 aircraft with Gol and Grupo Comporte in Brazil, up to 100 aircraft with Japan Airlines and more than 100 aircraft with AirAsia.
The VX4 was designed for urban transportation and can accommodate four passengers. The aircraft will have speeds up to 200mph with a range over 100 miles. During operations, zero emissions will be emitted. Vertical Aerospace hopes to transform the urban aviation branch with the VX4.
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