Flapper Tecnologia builds urban air mobility fleet for Latin America market - The Moodie Davitt Report - The Moodie Davitt Report
USA/LATIN AMERICA. Jaunt Air Mobility has signed a Letter of Intent with the on-demand aviation company Flapper Tecnologia to buy Jaunt Journey electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
After a final agreement is signed, Jaunt will provide Flapper with up to 25 Jaunt Journey aircraft to grow Flapper’s on-demand urban air mobility (UAM) fleet in Latin American markets.
Flapper plans to service several key urban markets with the eVTOL aircraft – which come with a zero-carbon footprint – including Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Bogota, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
High-flying partnership: How a Jaunt Journey eVTOL aircraft will look with Flapper branding in place
Jaunt designs and manufactures eVTOL aircraft based on slowed rotor technology. The Jaunt Journey air taxi is the world’s first aircraft combining helicopter and fixed-wing flight capabilities, highlighting low noise, comfort, safety and operational efficiencies.
Dallas-headquartered Jaunt claims to be one of the only eVTOL players aligned with current transport category certification rules.
Flapper CEO Paul Malicki said: “After a thorough examination of the existing urban air mobility architectures, we found Jaunt’s fixed-wing and slowed rotor design to be one of the most efficient and safest aircraft ever projected.”
He added: “Jaunt Journey’s technology boasts performance similar to fixed-wing design, which is perfect, considering the region’s short runways, rocky shores and high-altitude airports.”
Jaunt Chief Commercial Officer Simon Briceno said: “We are pleased to partner with Flapper to introduce a new form of urban travel in Latin American cities. Their reputation and experience in the on-demand charter service is well-known, and they have a real understanding of the growth opportunity of our zero-emission vehicles.”
Jaunt CEO/CTO Martin Peryea said: “The Jaunt Journey has significant design features that allow it to fly in a variety of weather conditions. A single main rotor is the most efficient form of takeoff and landing and has proven capabilities in gusty wind conditions such as coastlines. The aircraft offers a higher level of safety than today’s helicopters.”
The Jaunt Journey is the world’s first aircraft combining helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft flight capabilities
Flapper draws together a fleet of 900+ certified aircraft. Its clients can choose from more than 80 different types of jets, turbo-props, and helicopters and can get an instant price estimate.
The deployment of Jaunt Journey aircraft into the Flapper network is subject to the parties entering into definitive final agreements.
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