Blade to add 30 eVTOLS
As many as 30 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from air taxi developer Wisk Aero will join Blade Urban Air Mobility’s network of short-distance routes in the United States. If Wisk’s eVTOL design is certified, the aircraft will be chartered by Blade while being owned, operated and maintained by Wisk.
As part of this new agreement, the two entities will form a working group to “engage with regulators and municipalities and pursue charging infrastructure and next generation air traffic control systems.”
At present, Blade provides flights – operating primarily helicopters and amphibious aircraft – in the U.S. Northeast and West Coast regions.
Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal said, “We look forward to working with Wisk to help accelerate Blade’s transition from conventional rotorcraft to safe, quiet, emission-free Electric Vertical Aircraft.
Wisk – a joint venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk – is developing the Cora autonomous eVTOL. This aircraft will have an operating range of about 25 miles plus reserves and travel at approximately 100 MPH. Wisk officials say the Cora has completed about 1,500 test flights, and it plans to begin initial test flights in Blade’s two service regions “when possible.”