The Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aereas announced a partnership with Avolon to commercialize an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) ride-sharing platform in Brazil.
Today, Avolon, GOL, and Grupo Comporte announced their collaboration to “identify and target local partners, infrastructure and certification requirements across a range of commercial models.”
They expect to launch one of the world’s first eVTOL ride-sharing businesses.
GOL has committed to purchase or lease up to 250 VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft manufactured by Vertical Aerospace. Brazilian companies have announced their intentions to buy more than 500 eVTOL flying taxis in the last few months.
Azul wants to operate 220 eVTOL aircraft around Brazil with Lilium. Meanwhile, Embraer and Flapper signed a collaboration to have a fleet of up to 25 flying taxis across Latin America. We wrote about the subject in Simple Flying en Español. And now, there’s the GOL-Avolon-Vertical Aerospace agreement.
Brazil is one of the most fertile markets for the eVTOL market in the next decade. It has gigantic cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro that could benefit from on-demand eVTOL services.
Regarding GOL’s latest purchase, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical Aerospace CEO, commented
“The VA-X4 is ideal for a city like São Paulo with a population of over 22 million people. Our eVTOLs will transform how we travel around high population density cities that are clogged with traffic by taking to the skies with zero-emission aircraft.”
Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon’s CEO, added,
“GOL’s unparalleled market access, coupled with our deep knowledge and relationships in the Brazilian aviation market, leaves us strongly positioned to capitalize on the expected demand for ultra-short-haul transport.”