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AirAsia to lease 100 flying taxis to launch low-cost air transport service in Southeast Asia

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The AirAsia Aviation Group yesterday unveiled plans for a low-cost air transport service in Southeast Asia after signing a memorandum of understanding with lessor Avolon for at least 100 flying taxis of the brand: Vertical Aerospace VX4.

Mr Tony Fernandes, the general manager of AirAsia’s parent company, Capital A, said flights could begin by 2025, with regulators in Malaysia and Singapore likely to approve operations much faster than in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and the air-taxi service. .

He said the air ridesharing services would be bookable through AirAsia’s mobile app and offered at an accessible price, just as the budget carrier had done for its regular flights.

“We don’t want this to be an exclusive product,” Fernandes told reporters. “We want everyone to be able to use this product.”

The four-passenger, one-pilot VX4 is expected to have a range of more than 160 km and is one of a growing number of entrants to the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) sector.

Mr Domhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon, also chairman of Vertical Aerospace, said the first VX4 test flights would begin in April.

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