Redwings has signed a nonbinding Letter of Intent with Jaunt Air Mobility to purchase Jaunt Journey electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and launch a strategic collaboration in Mexico. Jaunt plans to support Redwings in its launch of an air taxi service in urban markets beginning with Mexico City.
"The elevation of Mexico City at 7,349 feet is higher than Denver, Colorado, and presents challenges for many VTOL aircraft operating at this altitude," says Bernardo Moreno, President of Redwings. "The Journey's highly efficient vertical flight capability enables this aircraft to operate at altitude with no performance limitations."
"Our Jaunt Journey's exceptional main rotor technology with low rotor disc loading and tip speeds will provide Redwings with high efficiencies in vertical flight at high altitudes," says Simon Briceno, Chief Commercial Officer for Jaunt.
For more than a decade, Redwings has operated a fleet of aircraft and helicopters throughout the Americas and Europe, and it seeks a safe, low-carbon footprint, high-speed air transportation system for passengers and cargo. Redwings intends to purchase 10 Jaunt Journey aircraft with an option to purchase an additional 10 units.
"We will collaborate on operations, passenger experience, infrastructure, and market education," states Moreno.
Jaunt Air Mobility, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is developing and certifying the Jaunt Journey in Canada. These piloted aircraft will provide an affordable mode of transit for four passengers to commute in and around urban areas. In addition, the Jaunt Journey aircraft will be able to transport cargo with its reconfigurable design and be used for emergency services. The Journey's patented Slowed-Rotor Compound technology offers a significant safety advantage, allowing the aircraft to autorotate or glide to the ground in a controlled manner under a complete power loss.
As an all-electric aircraft, the Journey will produce zero emissions and be extremely quiet. Committed to sustainable values and environmental practices, Jaunt will utilize clean manufacturing, minimizing energy and materials, and Jaunt anticipates that the aircraft will be over 90% recyclable at the end of its life-cycle.