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- Feb 11, 2007
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Bristow Group, one of the world's largest helicopter operators, has signalled its intention to move into a new market, signing tentative orders with a pair of developers for up to 150 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
TLDR: "Bristow intends to take up to 100 examples of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft – deliveries are to start in 2026 – alongside pre-orders for 25 of Vertical’s VA-X4 aircraft, plus 25 options."
The article has a picture of a Bristow-branded example of the Eve eVTOL on approach to an oilrig. I really do wonder if any of the current crop have the space and emergency exit potential for a crew of hulking rig workers in survival suits.
OTOH the deal with Vertical strikes me as sensible because it says both sides will set up a working group to collaborate on: "regulatory and airspace; demand, fleet size, spare parts and infrastructure; potential customers; and public acceptance and environmental requirements"