Volocopter, the German electric multirotor manufacturer that was the first company to fly a manned multirotor back in 2011, is holding the first public sale for electric air taxi flights. Starting today, 1,000 tickets can be reserved on a first come first serve basis. The tickets cost €300 and require a 10% deposit upon reservation. For this money, the buyer gets a 15 minute piloted flight on a VoloCity aircraft, to be scheduled within 12 months after the commercial launch, a video of the flight and a personalized certificate to commemorate the experience. When or where the flights will take place is not known, but Volocopter is optimistic it will be in the next 2-3 years.
While the final certification for air taxis is still pending, we do have a detailed realistic timeline to launch commercial VoloCity flights in the next 2-3 years. Moreover, those who reserve now can receive the latest updates about our progress and the commercial launch plan.
– Christian Bauer, Chief Commercial Officer of Volocopter
The company has previously flown public demonstration flights in Stuttgart, Helsinki and Singapore. Volocopter is the only eVTOL company to receive Design Organization Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency, which entails that they comply with Part 21 Subpart J and would be able to submit documents to obtain a type certificate. At the moment of writing, 782 tickets remain. The sale ends on December 31st 2020 or whenever tickets run out. Tickets can be purchased here.