Blade, an American UAM company, has announced this week a binding agreement with Beta Technologies to secure up to 20 Alia eVTOLS for delivery in 2024.
This will occur ahead of Blade’s 2025 target for its launch of electric vertical aircraft (EVA) services. The company intends to deploy these craft on routes between its network of dedicated terminals in the U.S Northeast, where Beta has agreed to provide and install charging infrastructure at certain key locations.
In addition to Blade, other enterprises have selected the Alia including UPS (cargo), United Therapeutics (organ movements) and the USAF (defence).
According to Beta, the Alia can fly six people, 250 nautical miles on a single charge and the aircraft is more than 10x quieter than a helicopter as well as cars driving on a highway.