GOL Orders 250 Electric Flying Taxis From Lessor Avolon

The Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aereas announced a partnership with Avolon, the leasing company, to commercialize an electric…

GOL Orders 250 Electric Flying Taxis From Lessor Avolon

The Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aereas announced a partnership with Avolon, the leasing company, to commercialize an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) ride-sharing platform in Brazil. This is the third alliance of the sort taking place in the South American country, following the Azul-Lilium and Embraer-Flapper deals. Let’s investigate further.

GOL, Avolon, and Vertical Aerospace will introduce the eVTOL technology in Brazil. Photo: Avolon

An order of 250 eVTOL aircraft

Today, Avolon, GOL, and Grupo Comporte announced their collaboration to “identify and target local partners, infrastructure and certification requirements across a range of commercial models.” They expect to launch one of the world’s first eVTOL ride-sharing businesses.

GOL has committed to purchase or lease up to 250 VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft manufactured by Vertical Aerospace. Brazilian companies have announced their intentions to buy more than 500 eVTOL flying taxis in the last few months.

Azul wants to operate 220 eVTOL aircraft around Brazil with Lilium. Meanwhile, Embraer and Flapper signed a collaboration to have a fleet of up to 25 flying taxis across Latin America. We wrote about the subject in Simple Flying en Español. And now, there’s the GOL-Avolon-Vertical Aerospace agreement.

Brazil is one of the most fertile markets for the eVTOL market in the next decade. It has gigantic cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro that could benefit from on-demand eVTOL services.

Regarding GOL’s latest purchase, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical Aerospace CEO, commented,

“The VA-X4 is ideal for a city like São Paulo with a population of over 22 million people. Our eVTOLs will transform how we travel around high population density cities that are clogged with traffic by taking to the skies with zero-emission aircraft.”

Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon’s CEO, added,

“GOL’s unparalleled market access, coupled with our deep knowledge and relationships in the Brazilian aviation market, leaves us strongly positioned to capitalize on the expected demand for ultra-short-haul transport.

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Lilium and Azul have similar plans. Photo: Lilium

Vertical Aerospace orders

Vertical Aerospace is one of the most exciting eVTOL companies at the moment. In June 2021, both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic signed deals to acquire up to 250 and 150 eVTOL aircraft, respectively. Following American Airlines’ enhanced partnership with GOL (including a US$200 million investment), it is not surprising to see the Brazilian airline inking up a deal of its own.

Additionally, Avolon signed a ground-breaking order for up to 500 VA-X4 aircraft. The order has a price of approximately US$2 billion, the company said in a statement. Half of this order has been placed with GOL.

The VA-X4 “will be the most advanced and safest eVTOL in the market on its introduction in 2024,” said Avolon in a statement.

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The VA-X4 already has some interesting clients: American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, GOL, and Avolon. Photo: Virgin Atlantic

The VA-X4

According to Vertical Aerospace, the VA-X4 is a piloted eVTOL vehicle, completely electric. It will be capable of traveling over 200 miles per hour, with a range of over 100 miles. Additionally, it will have the capacity to carry four passengers and a pilot.

Finally, its vertical landing and take-off capabilities will allow the VA-X4 to operate in and out of cities and other confined locations. Additionally, it will be 100 times quieter and safer than a helicopter, said the company.

Are you excited about the eVTOL future in Latin America? Let us know in the comments below.

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DHL Has Now Ferried Over 1 Billion Vaccines Around The World

Logistics company DHL has now shipped over one billion vaccines to more than 160 countries since December 2020.…

DHL Has Now Ferried Over 1 Billion Vaccines Around The World

Logistics company DHL has now shipped over one billion vaccines to more than 160 countries since December 2020. DHL has stated that around 10 billion vaccine doses will be needed worldwide by the end of 2021 and that 7-9 billion doses will be necessary each year to fight the virus.

DHL has transported over a billion vaccines around the world in the past 9 months. Photo: Getty Images

One billion vaccine doses since December 2020

DHL, one of the world’s leading logistical firms, has transported over one billion vaccines to more than 160 countries since December 2020. The company has played a key part in the global vaccination rollout, drawing upon its logistical expertise to transport temperature-sensitive vaccines across the world.

Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer at DHL, said,

“We are working across multiple supply chain set-ups and managing direct distributions in certain countries. We implemented new, dedicated, and reliable services at an accelerated speed to ship the highly temperature-sensitive vaccines, as well as ancillary supplies and test kits.”

DHL has accomplished the feat with the help of “special active thermal containers equipped with state-of-the-art GPS temperature trackers to ensure consistent temperatures and provide full transparency throughout the entire journey.

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The company has used state-of-the-art tech to store and ship temperature-sensitive vaccines. Photo: DHL

DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Express have transported COVID-19 vaccines from Europe and other origins across Asia-Pacific, South America and Europe. The company notes that the sensitive temperature requirements have been a particular challenge to overcome, not to mention managing the complex supply chain.

Busch added,

“We will continue tapping into our cold chain infrastructure, resilient global network, and deep pharmaceutical logistics knowledge and experience of our people.”

Maintaining the supply chain

In DHL’s ‘Revisiting Pandemic Resilience’ white paper, the company estimates that 7-9 billion vaccine doses will be required annually to keep COVID-19 at bay. As such, DHL recommends that the logistical infrastructure developed for vaccines should be maintained in an “ever-warm” state for the foreseeable future.

DHL said in a statement,

“To facilitate a speedy roll-out of medication (i.e., diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines), governments and industries should maintain “ever-warm” manufacturing capacity, blueprint research, production, and procurement plans, and expand local deployment capabilities.”

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DHL believes vaccine distribution infrastructure should remain in place for the foreseeable future. Photo: Getty Images

The company also recommends “expanding and institutionalizing virus containment and countermeasures,” which would entail practices such as national stockpiles and digital contact tracing.

Claudia Roa, President of Life Sciences and Healthcare at DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation, said,

“Our advantage is that we already had a sophisticated network in place with the necessary healthcare expertise. This allowed us to react swiftly.”

10 billion vaccine doses needed by the end of 2021

DHL has stated that around 10 billion vaccine doses will be required worldwide by the end of the year. High immunization rates will be necessary to prevent further virus variants from emerging and help save lives.

Thomas Ellmann, Vice President of Life Sciences and Healthcare at DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation, said,

“Making a meaningful difference is what drives us, and we are proud of our contribution to the enormous task of delivering COVID-19 vaccines and related critical medical supplies to the right place at the right time, worldwide.”

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DHL is aiming for broader vaccination coverage across the world. Photo: Getty Images

The company also adds that global distribution is vital to ensure that as many people as possible can get vaccinated. Vaccination rates in first-world countries are considerably higher compared to other parts of the world.

Do you agree with DHL’s assessment that 7-9 billion vaccine doses will be needed each year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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