Australian firm inks deal for zero-emissions aircraft fleet

Artist's impression of AMSL Aero's Vertiia vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) zero-emissions aircraft
Artist's impression of AMSL Aero's Vertiia vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft

Australian zero-emission aircraft designer and manufacturer AMSL Aero has received an order for 10 of its Vertiia vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, with an option for 10 more, from Aviation Logistics.

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Aviation Logistics could soon be flying 20 new Vertiia aircraft through its associated companies Air Link, AirMed and Chartair covering passenger services, aircraft charter, air freight and aeromedical flights from its seven bases across Australia from as early as 2027.

The deal marks a major milestone for AMSL Aero and Vertiia, its world-first passenger capable hydrogen VTOL, the next generation of aircraft that takes off like a helicopter and flies fast and smoothly like a fixed wing aeroplane. The aircraft will be the world’s most efficient long range zero emissions VTOL, with a range of up to 1,000km and cruising speeds of 300kmh.

Based at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport with operations around Australia, AMSL Aero has secured more than $A50 million in funding from major private investors and government programs to develop the new aircraft that is set to change the way people travel throughout Australia and the world.

Aviation Logistics executive directors Matthew Kline and Mark Wardrop said the deal with AMSL Aero marked a significant milestone in the group’s fleet replacement and growth strategy.

“We are extremely excited by the opportunities that Vertiia will offer. 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,” Kline said.

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“We believe it is only a matter of time before electric and hydrogen powered aircraft are transporting people across Australia and Vertiia has the potential to change the way people living in rural and regional communities access services such as education and healthcare located in major centres,” Wardrop said.

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