Virgin Atlantic looking at ‘flying taxi’ partnership for VTOL vehicles…

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Virgin Atlantic looking at ‘flying taxi’ partnership for VTOL vehicles…

Virgin Atlantic looking at ‘flying taxi’ partnership for VTOL vehicles for transport to large airports
2021-06-15 16:09:00
Virgin Atlantic is exploring whether it could launch a flying taxi VTOL service as part of a partnership with Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace. Virgin suggests electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) could fly from towns like Cambridge to major airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester – to save passengers the bother of getting there by surface transport.  Vertical Aerospace is conducting test flights of its aircraft this year, but it can see challenges ahead. The proposed VA-X4 aircraft will be able to carry 4 passengers and a pilot up to 100 miles. They claim they will be low carbon (depending on the electricity used) and not too noisy – or at least, less noisy than a helicopter. They say it will be “near silent” when cruising though the  “rotors and wings would still make noise in forward flight”.  Vertical Aerospace has already partnered with American Airlines and Avolon, an aircraft-leasing company.  These would not be mini air taxis to ferry passengers from one skyscraper to another, which would require new air-traffic control technology, public acceptance of the noise and safety aspects of more aircraft in cities, and regulatory change – which could be years away. .Tweet   Virgin Atlantic explores ‘flying taxi’ partnership 13.6.2021  (BBC) Virgin Atlantic is exploring whether it could launch a flying taxi service as part of a partnership with Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace. The airline suggests electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) could fly from towns to major airports. Vertical Aerospace is conducting test flights of its aircraft this year. One expert said the proposal was “less radical” than those of other air taxi companies, but argued there would be challenges ahead. What is the idea? Several companies have promoted the idea of autonomous “flying taxis” that could pick passengers up from rooftops in city centres and take them wherever they would like to go. Virgin Atlantic’s suggestion is slightly tamer. It has proposed that an eVTOL aircraft could pick people up from a city such as Cambridge and fly them to a major airport such as London Heathrow. Vertical Aerospace says its VA-X4 craft will be able to carry four passengers and a pilot up to 100 miles, as well as being emissions-free and quieter than a helicopter. In fact the company claims it will be “near silent” when cruising.  It has already partnered with American

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