National aviation group Aviation Logistics yesterday placed a conditional order with Australian eVTOL developer AMSL Aero for 10 Vertiia aircraft with an option for an additional 10 aircraft.
Aviation Logistics will become the civil launch customer for the Vertiia, which will be operated by Aviation Logistics associated companies, Air Link, AirMed and Chartair.
Vertiia is a hybrid electric-hydrogen powered VTOL aircraft that is currently under development by AMSL Aero at Bankstown Airport. AMSL Aero has secured more than $50 million in funding from major private investors and government programs to develop the new aircraft that aims to achieve emissions-free flight.
“We are extremely excited by the opportunities that Vertiia will offer," said Aviation Logistics Executive Director Matthew Kline
"We believe this aircraft is set to revolutionise the movement of people and freight across the country by providing greater access to air transport whilst opening up new market opportunities that currently do not exist.
“Today’s announcement is a sign of our commitment to the future development of sustainable air transport in Australia and represents a significant investment that will secure Aviation Logistics future as one of Australia’s leading aviation companies as we look to renew and grow our fleet.”
AMSL Aero CEO Max York believes the order will catapult his company into a bright future.
“2024 is going to be a huge year for AMSL Aero as we continue to test-fly the aircraft and we are thrilled to start it 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 operating in three of our core target market segments: aeromedical, logistics and passenger transport.
"This deal catapults Vertiia from world-leading concept aircraft to commercial reality.”
AMSL Aero is backed by private investors including IP Group Australia, Telstra Super, Host Plus and St Baker Energy Innovation Fund, and the Australian Government.
Vertiia is a tilt-wing eVTOL powered by eight electric motors. It has a range of 540 nm, a top speed of 161 kt and a maximum useful load of 500 kg.
According to AMSL, the operating cost will be around 70% less than a helicopter.
More information is on the AMSL Aero website.