German eVTOL developer Volocopter GmbH is now offering ticket reservations for those wanting to be the first passengers in its piloted VoloCity air taxi, Evtolinsights.com reports.
The announcement was made at this year’s GreenTech Festival in Berlin and follows the company’s successful demonstration flights in Stuttgart, Helsinki Airport in Finland, and over Singapore’s Marina Bay. Timings and locations have yet to be determined, and pre-sale reservations are limited to 1,000 on a first-come-first-served basis.
They cost €300 each and those interested can reserve their place by paying €30 – a 10 per cent deposit.
The price will include a 15-minute flight, scheduled within the first 12 months after VoloCity’s commercial launch – which could be as early as 2022. Also included will be a video of the passenger’s flight and a limited-edition, personalized certificate.
Florian Reuter, Volocopter’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “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. 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 made aviation history in 2011 with its ‘Yoga-Ball’ flight and since then, the company has completed several piloted and unpiloted flights across the world.
The most notable have been the public test flights at Singapore’s Marina Bay in October 2019 and the world’s first autonomous eVTOL flight in Dubai in 2017.
It is the only eVTOL-focused aerospace company to receive Design Organisation Approval (DOA) from the European Aviation Safety Agency. Volocopter continues to work closely with cities and partners around the world to bring together all expertise necessary to make battery powered air taxis a reality: regulatory, cities, infrastructure developers, and flight traffic management providers amongst others.
Volocopter is also developing products for the logistics and precision agriculture space with their VoloDrone.
Christian Bauer, Volocopter’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “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 2-3 years. Moreover, those who reserve now can receive the latest updates about our progress and the commercial launch plan.”
Volocopter has raised a total of €122 million in equity, with investors including Daimler, Geely, DB Schenker and Intel Capital.
More than 50 tickets have already been reserved, and they will be on sale until 31st December. To make a reservation, visit the Volocopter Reservation Platform.