The VX4 Flying Taxi, a brand new short-distance plane able to carrying 4 passengers as much as 100 miles at over 200mph, accomplished its first full-scale, piloted check flight Monday, in line with a press launch from father or mother firm Vertical Aerospace.
The flight lasted round 10 minutes and was performed inside a hangar, however longer flights at increased altitudes are scheduled to happen earlier than the plane is launched for industrial use.
That is excellent news for American Airways, as the corporate final yr agreed to buy 250 VX4 aircrafts and make use of them to shuttle passengers to and from airports by 2025. American made a $25 million funding in Vertical Aerospace. Final month, United Airways equally made a $10 million predelivery fee with Archer Aviation for 100 electrical flying taxis.
Complementary to the funding in fast, short-distance journey, American Airways additionally lately agreed to buy 20 supersonic plane for high-speed, trans-oceanic flights. United Airways reportedly agreed to buy 15 of the identical plane. The supersonic plane are slated to hit the industrial runways in 2029, 4 years after the VX4 Flying Taxi is anticipated to commute its first passengers.
No phrase but as to which airports might even see the brand new plane or what a flight could value you. American Airways did not instantly reply to a request for remark.