Air Asia's shared aircraft
Agreement to lease 100 eVtol VX4s in service by 2025
Low-cost carrier AirAsia has announced the launch of an air-sharing service for the Southeast Asian market based on the use of at least 100 electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, VX4, manufactured by British company Vertical Aerospace and leased from Avolon. The aim is to develop a ride-sharing system by 2025.
"We don't want this to be an exclusive product. We want everyone to be able to use this product". It was stressed by the managing director of AirAsia's tourism division, Tony Fernandes, specifying that aviation authorities in Malaysia and Singapore would be ready to approve the shared mobility plan sooner than is expected for the skies over Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
The Vertical Aerospace VX4 is an aircraft equipped with four electric propeller motors. It is capable of seating four passengers and a pilot. Leasing company Avolon ordered 500 units last year and has since struck deals with AirAsia, Japan Airlines and Brazil's Gol Transportes Aéreos.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency