RAAA member Aviation Logistics has ordered 10 Australian-built AMSL Aero Vertiia hydrogen-electric VTOL aircraft and optioned 10 more, in a landmark order that may see Australia’s first commercial E-VTOL operations conducted with an Australian developed aircraft.
Aviation Logistics, one of Australia’s largest general aviation and regional airline groups, could be flying 20 new Vertiia aircraft through its associated companies Air Link, AirMed and Chartair, covering passenger services, aircraft charter, air freight and aeromedical flights from its seven bases across Australia from as early as 2027 (subject to regulatory approvals).
The deal marks a major milestone for AMSL Aero and Vertiia, its world-first passenger capable hydrogen VTOL, the next generation of aircraft that takes off like a helicopter and flies fast and smoothly like a fixed wing aeroplane. The aircraft is billed as the world’s most efficient long range zero emissions VTOL, with a range of up to 1000km and cruising speeds of 160 knots (300kmh).
“Over the past decade Air Link, AirMed and Chartair have carried thousands of Australians on our regional airline services, charter operations and aeromedical flights and we look forward to deploying this new aircraft across our passenger and freight network to support our future operations," said Aviation Logistics Director Mark Wardrop.
“We believe it is only a matter of time before electric and hydrogen powered aircraft are transporting people across Australia and Vertiia has the potential to change the way people living in rural and regional communities access services such as education and healthcare located in major centres.”
Max York, CEO of AMSL Aero, welcomed Aviation Logistics as Vertiia’s civil launch partner.
"This will be a huge year for AMSL Aero as we continue to test-fly the aircraft, and we are thrilled to kick-off with our first civil order for Vertiia," he said.
"We are honoured to have Aviation Logistics as a partner, with 50 years’ pedigree flying aircraft across Australia’s vast terrain and operating in three of our core target market segments: aeromedical, logistics and passenger transport. This deal catapults Vertiia from world-leading development aircraft to commercial reality.”
See this week's RAAA Convention 2024 E-News for more on how Mark Wardrop believes the AMSL Aero Vertiia will create new possibilities for regional operators.
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