Jaunt’s eVTOL aircraft could be used for air taxi services in Canada

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Texas-based Jaunt Air Mobility is making further inroads in Canada after signing a letter of intent with Vertiko Mobility that could see at least 70 of its Jaunt Journey eVTOL aircraft used for air taxi services in Quebec.

Jaunt Air Mobility has garnered interest from Quebec vertiport developer Vertiko Mobility. Jaunt Air Mobility Image

Vertiko is building a network of vertiports across the province, and expects to acquire at least 70 all-electric versions of the Jaunt Journey and two hybrid-electric models within the first five years of its Quebec vertiport network starting operations. The deal also includes an option for an additional 25 units.

Jaunt said its goal is to firm up its contract with Vertiko in the second quarter of 2025, with operations expected to start in 2026.

After the contract has been signed, Jaunt expects to use the first year as a “break-in” period where the eVTOL company will provide training for the 36 pilots needed to fly the first nine aircraft during the first year of operations. Under the same agreement, Jaunt will also provide aircraft maintenance.

Vertiko said it needs to build five vertiports from now until the end of March 2025 in order to meet its 2026 launch date. The company has so far garnered expressions of interest for vertiport construction from Icar in Mirabel, Quebec, Odea Montreal (investors Creeco and Cogir), and a new real estate development in Val-d’Or (promoters Immeubles Quatro and Kraken Management).

The agreement with Vertiko is just the latest move for Jaunt as it continues to build its presence in Canada. Jaunt also turned to Montreal to open a design and manufacturing facility, as well as a research and development facility.

“Each new phase that we complete is a further step in the right direction in positioning Quebec as a leader in this new market segment,” said Éric Côté, president of Jaunt Canada. “The favorable environment we’re creating benefits not only us, but also all of the players who will be involved in defining this transit mode of the future.”

Jaunt is developing an all-electric and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft for passenger services, cargo delivery, military missions or medical transport. The all-electric aircraft is targeting a range of between 80 to 120 miles (130 to 195 kilometers) and a speed of 175 mph (280 km/h), while carrying a pilot and four passengers. Its hybrid-electric model is expected to fly a range of 200+ miles (320+ kilometers) at the same speed.   

The company is aiming to start testing its full-scale demonstrator in 2023, and receive certification with Canadian aviation authorities by 2026.

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  1. Will any of these products be available to the general public at an affordable price?

    A Salazar

  2. In the same way that carrier jets need mechanical assistance to quickly reach takeoff speed, why can’t there be something designed to assist VTOL’s lift off? It’s the 1st 30secs of flight that uses the most energy. What if a pneumatic ram was able to push a VTOL upwards in a coordinated takeoff?

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