Volocopter taking deposits for first commercial flights
At the Greentech Festival in Berlin, today, Volocopter opened up what it describes as the world’s first public sale for electrical air taxi flight reservations. The German company, with vehicle and air-taxi certifications still pending, is projecting a timeline to launch commercial flights in the next two to three years.
Volocopter has priced what it labels as VoloFirst ticket at €300 ($467 in Canadian funds), which can be reserved with a 10 per cent deposit. The company is currently making 1,000 VoloFirst tickets available.
“Based on our public test flights and regulatory achievement record, we have paved the way to make electric flight in cities common in just a few years,” said Florian Reuter, CEO, Volocopter. “With the start of reservations, we now invite our supporters and innovators around the world to join us and be amongst the first to experience this new and exciting form of mobility.”
Volocopter first flew a prototype in 2011. The company’s 2X vehicle performed a key demonstration flight at Helsinki International Airport, in August 2019, followed a piloted flight over Singapore’s Marina Bay in October 2019 – covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometres.
“While the final certification for air taxis is still pending, we do have a detailed realistic timeline to launch commercial VoloCity flights in the next two to three years,” said Christian Bauer, chief commercial officer, Volocopter. “Moreover, those who reserve now can receive the latest updates about our progress and the commercial launch plan.”