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The future of flying is here


In a world where the hustle and bustle of city life is increasingly hemmed in by congestion and air pollution, there's an electrifying solution on the horizon.

Picture this: soaring above traffic jams in a sleek, silent flying taxi, or whizzing to your next island getaway in a zero-emission aircraft. Sounds like a scene from a sci-fi movie, right? Well, hold onto your hats, because this future is just around the corner!

According to the latest scoop from Amadeus Travel Trends 2024, our urban landscapes are set to transform with the emergence of electric skyways. These aren't your typical airborne paths; they're designed for the latest and greatest in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, as well as other types of electric aircraft. The goal? To offer lower-emission air travel options, whether you're hopping across the city, jetting off to a satellite airport, traversing the country, or island-hopping in style.

And who's leading the charge in this aerial revolution? None other than Volocopter, a pioneering German aircraft manufacturer. They're planning to debut their electric VoloCity eVTOL fleet at the Paris Olympics in 2024. Yes, you read that right – electric air taxis are set to make a grand entrance at one of the world's most-watched sporting events!

But the innovation doesn't stop there. Across the pond in the UK, Dale Vince, the eco-conscious founder of Ecotricity, is gearing up to launch Ecocity, an electric airline powered by green hydrogen. Meanwhile, Toff Mobility is making waves as the first electric air company in Asia, with plans to unveil its electric aircraft in South Korea come 2024.

And let's not forget about Surcar Airlines in the Canary Islands, gearing up to introduce hydrogen-electric engines for its seaplanes, courtesy of Zeroavia.

The United States is also getting in on the action, with Joby Aviation eyeing 2025 for the start of commercial eVTOL flights. They've even teamed up with big names like Delta Air Lines and Japanese airline ANA, which has plans to operate e-taxi flights during Expo 2025 in Osaka. Over in the UK, Virgin Atlantic isn't far behind, investing in a fleet of Vertical Aerospace eVTOLs that could be connecting cities via Electric Skyways as early as 2025.

So, while we might not have flying cars in every driveway just yet, the skies are certainly getting more exciting. With these advancements, our travel stories are about to get a whole lot more electrifying – quite literally! Stay tuned, because the future of travel is looking up, and it's greener, cleaner, and more exhilarating than ever.


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Published: 15 November 2023

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