Tuesday, April 16, 2024

AIR teams up with SeaKeepers to empower yachters with eVTOL flight capabilities

AIR, an Israeli eVTOL manufacturer, is teaming up with the International SeaKeepers Society, which is an educational organization for yacht enthusiasts. This innovative collaboration will ensure AIR’s eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) models are available for use as auxiliary equipment to extend yachters’ reach and access points beyond yacht capabilities.

As an official AIR Brand Ambassador, SeaKeepers will play a significant role in expanding and enabling AIR’s vision – the mass adoption of personal air vehicles – by focusing on the unique market of the yachting community.

Incorporating the AIR ONE on yachting expeditions simplifies near-shore commutes on and off the yacht. This will eliminate the need to carry aviation fuel and a variety of spare parts, remove the obstacle of requiring a professional pilot, and allows for charging using onboard generators.

AIR’s inaugural vehicle, AIR ONE, allows individual consumers to embrace the freedom of flight in their daily travels. The sporty, all-electric two-seater eVTOL offers a practical range of up to 110 miles (177 km) on a single charge at speeds up to 155 mph (250 km/h).

It can easily land and take off from any kind of flat surface, with a 250 kg (551 lbs) payload, including a yacht deck. The aircraft’s collapsible wings and compact size make it a viable flight option for a considerable portion of the yachting community.

“As AIR enters the next stages of growth, we are excited to deliver the value of a personal electric flight to additional industries and communities,” said Rani Plaut, CEO and co-founder of AIR. “In addition to helping improve yacht logistics, this partnership enables yachters to add an extra layer of sky-high adventure to sea excursions and is a significant step in our mission to advance air mobility adoption around the world.”

“The eVTOL is a natural addition to yachting missions,” said Jay Wade, Chairman of SeaKeepers. “AIR ONE specifically is a no-brainer for yachters looking for an environmentally friendly, easy-to-integrate flight option to elevate their yacht experience, literally and figuratively.”

Although it was unveiled just a year ago, the AIR ONE has apparently secured over 300 pre-orders until now. The new partnership with SeaKeepers could bring numbers even higher.