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As it continues to pursue a future in advanced air mobility, offshore helicopter operator Bristow Group has announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Vertical Aerospace to cooperate on the certification, operational planning, and potential purchase of up to 50 eVTOL aircraft.
The announcement comes less than a month after it was revealed that Bristow would be principal launch customer for Electra.aero’s hybrid electric short take-off and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. The centerpiece of Bristow’s collaboration with Vertical Aerospace will be the British eVTOL developer’s VA-X4, a piloted, fully electric air taxi capable of carrying four passengers with a range of over 100 miles (160 kilometers) and top speed of up to 200 mph (320 km/h).
Bristow said the company expects to leverage its more than seven decades of transport expertise in helping Vertical Aerospace identify the regulatory, infrastructure, and environmental requirements for the VA-X4.
“Our MOU with Vertical allows us to build upon our leadership position in the vertical transportation market for the past 70+ years and now sets the stage for the disruptive advantages of the VA-X4 with its zero carbon emissions and low operating costs for passenger transport,” Bristow president and CEO Chris Bradshaw stated in a press release.