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Fleet management and air mobility company EVfly has signed a letter of intent and will pay deposits for the Axe by Skyfly electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with delivery expected in 2024.
EVfly intends to purchase three Axe aircraft, with an option for five more. EVfly intends to first start our operation in Thailand, followed by the rest of Asia, to demonstrate the potential utility of eVTOL aircraft, lay the groundwork for future commercial operations, and begin training the next generation of eVTOL pilots.
EVfly aims to provide an affordable, fast, and safe means of commercial transportation using a fleet of eVTOL and E-CTOL (Electric Conventional Take-Off and Landing) aircraft, which will operate across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Although the Axe is mainly intended for use as a private aircraft and has not been designed as a commercial air taxi, EVfly’s order demonstrates that the Axe is well-suited to the flight training market, thanks to its two-seat side-by-side cockpit configuration, its double set of wings, low purchase price and low operating costs and easy-to-master flight characteristics.
With non-rotating engines and high-lift canard wings which are unique to the eVTOL market, the Axe is capable of flying either like a helicopter or a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. This will make the Axe instantly familiar to existing fixed-wing or helicopter pilots transitioning to fly eVTOL aircraft and make for better pilots than “wingless/rotor only” eVTOLs. As commercial eVTOL air taxis are likely to require trained pilots to operate them for at least the next decade, the Axe is best positioned to fill the incoming demand for eVTOL flight training – a market valued at £2.25 Billion up to 2028.