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German firm's air taxi aims to be operational for Paris 2024 Olympics

German firm's air taxi aims to be operational for Paris 2024 Olympics

21/6/2021 8:10:00 PM

German firm's air taxi aims to be operational for Paris 2024 Olympics

German company Volocopter performed on Monday a first flight of its electrical air taxi in France at a show in Le Bourget airport and said it ...

BookmarkPARIS: German company Volocopter performed on Monday a first flight of its electrical air taxi in France at a show in Le Bourget airport and said it aimed to have a service in operation for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.The flying taxi, which looks like a tiny helicopter, took off at Bourget airport near Paris and then landed vertically after a three-minute flight. It had no passengers on board.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementIt flew some 500 metres in the air at speeds of up to 30 kilometres per hour and was around 30 metres above the airfield, Volocopter said in a statement.It has the capacity for two people on board and a luggage compartment."The clear intention for Paris 2024, the objective is to actually have a regular service in operation," Volocopter Chief Executive Florian Reuter said."That's a challenge."

Reuter said the flying taxi service would initially be operated by a fully licensed pilot in order to comply with existing regulations.AdvertisementAdvertisement"Over time... we want these vehicles to fly fully automated, so you will not need a pilot licence anymore," he added. headtopics.com

Reuter described the urban mobility market as"gigantic"."Urban mobility is a more than 10 trillion dollar market," he said."We estimate that, by 2035, we can serve a market that has around 300 billion dollars in opportunity."

(Reporting by Noemie Olive, Christian Hartmann and Manuel Ausloos; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Gareth Jones) Read more: CNA »

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