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EvFly Orders 205 eVTOL Aircraft from AutoFlight

EvFly Orders 205 eVTOL Aircraft from AutoFlight

Singapore-based air fleet management and operation company EvFly has placed an order for 205 Prosperity I and Prosperity Cargo electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft from AutoFlight.

AutoFlight, a Chinese start-up that builds autonomous and electric aircraft for both passenger and cargo purposes, expects the order to be fulfilled in 2025. The first 10 Prosperity eVTOLs will be utilized in the Middle East, including in countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia.

While initially catering to the Middle Eastern market, EvFly confirmed it plans to operate eVTOLs in Asia and Africa as well.

“This is a fantastic deal and illustrates just a few of the many geographies that will benefit from eVTOLs in both cargo and personal mobility,” AutoFlight president Omer Bar-Yohay said. “The team at EvFly has a proven track record in successfully managing freight and cargo businesses, and we’re delighted to be partnering with them in what could be one of the first commercial eVTOL operations in the world.”

EvFly founder and CEO Yannick Erbs echoed Bar-Yohay’s sentiments while praising AutoFlight’s recent world record for the longest eVTOL flight. The company’s Gen4 Prosperity flew 250.3 km at their testing facility on February 23, breaking the previous record of 248.8 km that was set in 2021 by Joby Aviation.

“AutoFlight has a proven aircraft, as demonstrated by their world-record flight and thousands of additional flight test miles,” Erbs said. “They are a natural choice for EvFly, as both parties will bring expertise to the nascent eVTOL cargo and passenger markets.”

AutoFlight’s Prosperity eVTOLs can hold three passengers and a pilot or be unmanned and autonomous while carrying approximately 900 pounds (400 kg) of cargo.

The deal with AutoFlight is the latest notch in the belt for EvFly as last year, it signed a letter of intent with Ascendance Flight Technologies, a French eVTOL manufacturer, for up to 65 of its Atea aircraft that can carry up to four passengers.

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