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Moya eVTOL successfully performs its first flight

Moya Aero Press Release | December 4, 2023

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This marks the beginning of a flight testing phase that anticipates entry into service in 2026. Moya Photo

On Nov. 15, 2023, the sky over the SDA4 airfield on the outskirts of São José dos Campos-SP was the stage for a pioneering event that could transform the logistics scenario.

The Moya eVTOL, developed by Brazilian company Moya Aero, performed its first flight, marking the beginning of a flight testing phase that anticipates its entry into service in 2026.

The high-capacity cargo drone prototype has successfully taken off under the command of Alexandre Zaramela, CEO of Moya Aero and designer of the eVTOL.

“Even though I have already experienced other first flights throughout my career, it is always a thrill to see the vehicle fly as planned,” he said.

He explains there is a saturation in logistics systems, and the Moya eVTOL has the potential to combine sustainability and solutions for different markets.

The Moya eVTOL was designed to enhance logistics services and solutions for agriculture, featuring a bold design that allows adaptations for different missions. With a payload capacity of 200 kilograms and a range of 300 kilometers, the vehicle will not only contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions. It will also bring a significant decrease in operating costs when compared to traditional helicopters.

Moya Aero has already secured several letters of intent (LOIs) to purchase more than 100 eVTOL units, consolidating its position as a key player in Brazil’s future air cargo transportation.

With the first successful flight, Moya Aero is now preparing for a series of rigorous tests during the certification phase, envisioning a horizon where Moya eVTOL will become essential in the positive transformation of the logistics sector in Brazil and beyond.

Expanding market

According to a report presented this year by Technavio, a leading market research company, it is estimated that the market related to express delivery in Brazil will offer a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 4.61 percent between 2022 and 2027, which represents an increase of US$1,635.85 million in total.

This rise depends on several factors, such as the growth of the e-commerce market, the adoption of new technologies in express delivery services, and FTAs (free trade agreements) that stimulate the development of the express delivery market in Brazil.

Financing for the construction of the prototype was provided by FINEP, a Brazilian government body dedicated to supporting innovation and research. Expectations for the next 10 years are encouraging, with expected revenue of around US$2 billion and projected sales of about a thousand units by then.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Moya Aero.

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