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Brazil looks to eVTOL reality by 2030
Avolon, Corporación América Airports, GOL, Grupo Comporte and Vertical Aerospace are to jointly explore infrastructure requirements to make eVTOL operations a reality in Brazil this decade.
Vertical VX4 aircraft will service operations the proposed Brazilian UAM airspace.
Read this story in our June 2022 printed issue.

Aircraft leasing company Avolon, UK eVTOL developer Vertical Aerospace, airport operator Corporación América Airports and Brazilian transport operator Grupo Comporte are to collectively explore and define vertiport design and locations, as well as further infrastructure requirements for eVTOL operations, in Brazil. With its well-developed urban air mobility (UAM) market based on helicopter services, advanced aviation ecosystem and unique demographics, Brazil is set to become one of the pioneering markets for eVTOL services, including for Vertical's VX4.

Each partner brings sector-specific and complementary expertise to bring eVTOL operations into operation in this decade. In particular, the partnership will benefit from Corporación América Airports' special team dedicated to the research and development of the advanced air mobility (AAM) segment and its two decade long expertise in airport design, construction and operation, as well as passenger traffic management. Corporación América Airports has already developed its own conceptual vertiport design and progressed AAM traffic analysis across several countries.

CEO Martin Eurnekian says: “A new mobility ecosystem is arising and as a world leader in airport operations, Corporación América Airports wants to be an agent of change in supporting the AAM implementation in those regions where we operate. With our expertise as airport operators in six countries in three continents over more than 20 years, we are committed to contributing to the development of the AAM ecosystem in order to better connect people, goods and cultures and promote a leaner, faster and more sustainable air transport.”

With some of the most congested cities in the world, the introduction of eVTOLs such as the VX4 will transform how people move around and above the urban landscape in Brazil. The VX4 will permit short haul zero emissions journeys that will revolutionise city air travel for everyday life by changing how people connect, commute and travel more efficiently, all in a more sustainable way.

Vertical founder and CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick says: “I'm delighted that Vertical is partnering with Avolon, GOL, Grupo Comporte and CAAP to deliver critical eVTOL infrastructure in Brazil. It was in Brazil that I had the inspiration to begin Vertical Aerospace, so it is incredible to see it becoming a reality there.”

This partnership builds on GOL's and Grupo Comporte's commitment to purchase or lease up to 250 of Vertical's VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon. This commitment saw Avolon launch and lead a working group aimed at commercialising eVTOL aircraft in Brazil with Vertical Aerospace, Grupo Comporte and GOL. The working group has already conducted project familiarisation workshops with the Brazilian civil aviation authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) to permit the swift validation of the piloted, zero operating emissions and four passenger VX4 aircraft. The VX4 is projected to have speeds of up to 200 mph, a range over 100 miles, be near silent when in flight and offer low costs per passenger mile.

Avolon CEO Dómhnal Slattery says: “The scale of our ambition for eVTOLs is reflected in our partnerships with some of the leading transportation and airport operators in Latin America. We are partnered with companies that share our ambition to materially reshape the commercial aviation market. Our objective is to deliver the infrastructure requirements to bring zero emissions travel to Brazil mid this decade and revolutionise air travel in the region.”

GOL CEO Paulo Kakinoff says: "GOL completely bets on the expertise of CAAP in advanced aerial mobility. Within reach, we have at hand a unique opportunity to unite the efforts of all parties involved to create a sustainable and safe operating ecosystem for eVTOL, with zero carbon emissions, both in Brazil and beyond. Constantly expanding in the regional segment, GOL is committed to including new and providential connectivity alternatives with this new air modal, based on its already extensive air network."

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