Microsoft is providing Vertical with a scalable and secure technology stack, including access to state-of-the-art High Performance Computing simulations with Azure. Microsoft’s big data, AI, and ML offerings will enable operations optimization—from battery life maximisation to fleet management support. M12 – Microsoft’s Venture Fund is an investor in Vertical.
“M12’s investment demonstrates the market opportunity in the growing demand for urban transportation, but historically, expanding mobility hasn’t been environmentally sustainable. Automation and Industry 4.0 is a clear way forward to realize more operational efficiencies and mitigate transportation congestion and pollution. Microsoft is proud to provide our technology and co-develop this new eVTOL ecosystem alongside Vertical’s best-in-class management and technical team.”
Honeywell, one of the world's leading aerospace avionics companies, is developing the aircraft control system, flight deck technologies and pilot user interface for the VA-X4. These next generation flight controls will dramatically reduce pilot workload. Honeywell is drawing on its 100-years of experience, including developing the major systems for the F-35 – a supersonic VTOL fighter jet – as well as many other aircraft. Honeywell is also an investor in Vertical
“Honeywell Aerospace is proud to be working with Vertical Aerospace on a number of critical subsystems. The VA-X4 vehicle and operations concept is very well aligned to both the Urban Air Mobility market needs and our industrial capabilities.”
American Airlines, the world’s largest airline carrying over 200 million passengers a year has pre-ordered up to 250 aircraft with an option for a further 100, helping bring sustainable aviation to the US. In addition, the parties will work together on key go-to-market workstreams to support the prompt certification and deployment of Aircraft in commercial operations. American is also an investor in Vertical.
“The partnership and pre-order with Vertical demonstrates our conviction in their aircraft and business model. We believe the VA-X4 to be the most advanced eVTOL in the market and we’re truly excited to help Vertical realise its commercial ambitions.”
Avolon, one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing firms, is providing Vertical with a near term and actionable route to market. With a pre-order of up to c. 300 aircraft with an option for a further c. 190 and access to 140+ airlines in 84 countries, Avolon will play a crucial role in commercial roll-out of the VA-X4. The partnership will also see the two businesses collaborating throughout the development and certification of the aircraft. Avolon is also in investor in Vertical.
“We believe the combination of Vertical’s market leading technical expertise with Avolon’s network of airlines, regulatory and OEM relationships will create a world-class force in electric aviation.”
Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, has chosen to partner with Vertical to help power the VA-X4. Together we are developing the world’s lightest, safest and most efficient electric powertrain for Vertical Aerospace.
Rolls-Royce’s aeronautical pedigree is second to none and their engines have powered more than 100 million flying hours and are in service across the Airbus and Boeing fleets. Rolls Royce is also an investor in Vertical.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Vertical Aerospace on the electrical technology that will power their pioneering eVTOL aircraft. This exciting opportunity demostrates our joint ambitions to lead the way in the new Urban Air Mobility market.”
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s most innovative airlines, has partnered with Vertical to bring zero emission eVTOL travel to the UK and explore the potential for a joint venture launch of an short haul eVTOL network. Virgin Atlantic currently flies customers to 27 destinations across four continents and with shareholder and Joint Venture partner Delta Air Lines, operates a leading transatlantic network, with onward connections to over 200 cities. Sustainability remains central to the airline and it has the option to pre-order between 50 and 150 VA-X4 aircraft, supporting an ambition to deliver clean eVTOL connectivity for its customers travelling to and from UK airport hubs.
“We pride ourselves on building enduring strategic partnerships and are thrilled to be working alongside Vertical in its mission to bring eVTOL travel to the UK. Combining the design, engineering and manufacturing expertise of Vertical with the award-winning customer experience and operational excellence of Virgin Atlantic.”
Solvay, the Advanced Materials and Specialty Chemicals company, is partnering with Vertical to develop the lightweight composite structure of the VA-X4. As well as supplying advanced composite and adhesive products, Solvay will also provide Vertical with technical and application support both at Solvay’s European Application Centers and at Vertical Aerospace’s factory in Bristol, UK.
“Solvay is proud to partner with Vertical, whose VA-X4 aircraft is set to revolutionise urban mobility. By providing the performance required to operate safely and maximize range, while facilitating the processes needed for mass production, our advanced materials will be key enablers to the mass-adoption.”
GKN Aerospace, the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier, has partnered with Vertical to develop the electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) behind the VA-X4. GKN’s world-leading capabilities have helped to design similar systems in some of the world’s most complex aircraft, such as the F-35 VTOL fighter jet. In conjunction with key technological innovations, GKN brings a wealth of experience in design and certification.
“We are excited to partner with Vertical and to support the development of its eVTOL. The VA-X4 is a ground-breaking development in aviation, and we are delighted to a part of Vertical’s quest for more sustainable air travel.”