Anxious to fly on a Volocopter electric air taxi? You can now reserve your place in line.
Volocopter announced on Sept. 16 that it is selling 15-minute flights on its VoloCity eVTOL, to be scheduled within the first 12 months of the aircraft’s commercial launch (the timing of which is yet to be determined). These piloted “VoloFirst” rides cost €300 (around US$355) but can be reserved with a 10% deposit on Volocopter’s online reservations platform.
The purchase price includes a video of the passenger’s flight and a personalized certificate included in reservation. But the offer is first come, first served, with only 1,000 presale reservations available.
“While the final certification for air taxis is still pending, we do have a detailed realistic timeline to launch commercial VoloCity flights in the next two to three years,” stated Volocopter chief commercial officer Christian Bauer. “Moreover, those who reserve now can receive the latest updates about our progress and the commercial launch plan.”
Volocopter has already conducted multiple crewed demonstrations with its Volocopter 2X and earlier prototypes, including a two-minute flight around Singapore’s Marina Bay in October 2019. The company is also the first eVTOL startup to have received Design Organization Approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which will help streamline the certification process for the production VoloCity model.
“Based on our public test flights and regulatory achievement record, we have paved the way to make electric flight in cities common in just a few years. With the start of reservations, we now invite our supporters and innovators around the world to join us and be amongst the first to experience this new and exciting form of mobility,” said Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter.