LONDON – Bristow Group, a global pioneer of innovative and sustainable vertical transportation solutions provider, is now aiming higher. The group has agreed to purchase 55 BETA Technologies ALIA-250 eVTOL aircraft.
The Alia plane is made by an all-electric aviation company called Beta Technologies Inch. The helicopter conglomerate also has options for an additional 50 eVTOLs. The company will benefit greatly from this cooperation as Bristow Helicopters has over 7 decades of experience and is ready to take a leap forward in the electric field.
The performance of the AIA is unmatched with a maximum range of 250 nautical miles and is capable of carrying over 1,400 pounds of payload and is capable of carrying six people including the pilot.
The eVTOL design is unique with a carbon fiber fuselage and 50ft wingspan, and the vertical aircraft features a single dispersed direct electric powertrain system.
Additionally, the machine will have horizontally mounted rotors to provide vertical lift capability, and a single propeller on the reading to propel the aircraft horizontally.
Dave Stepanek, Bristow’s Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, said, “This order firmly positions Bristow as an early adopter and leader in the pragmatic development of AAM operations and ushering in a new era in vertical lifting solutions.
“Leveraging our more than 70 years of expertise as a vertical lift leader, we plan to use the BETA ALIA to safely and reliably move passengers and time-critical goods as part of the development of new regional mobility networks in the United States and other strategic countries. Locations.”
Kyle Clark, Founder and CEO of BETA, said: “We designed ALIA with reliability, efficiency and the highest value freight in mind, all of which are at the heart of the mission critical types that Bristow performs on the world stage.
“Over the past few months, we have made progress with our flight test program, proving the aircraft is capable of performing in conditions it will see in service.”
“We are delighted with Bristow’s confidence in our continued progress, and look forward to partnering to provide a safe and sustainable system to transform regional transport. »
The eVTOL battery will be charged in less than an hour using BETA’s own infrastructure, which can be deployed remotely on demand. This reaffirms that the eVTOL can be deployed anywhere and operators can operate without stress.
About the Bristow Group
The Bristow Group is one of the most popular and largest helicopter suppliers across the world with operations in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Canada, in Chile, the Dutch Caribbean, the Falkland Islands, Guyana, India, Mexico and Nigeria. , Norway, Spain, Suriname and Trinidad.
Bristow’s helicopter services include transportation, oil and gas charter services, marine and patrol services, and more.