eVTOL Conundrum: Helicopter Airlines Haven’t Been Successful | eVTOL

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Summary

  • Short-haul electric rotorcraft could revive the sizeable market for faster airport transportation, drastically reducing total journey times.
  • Conventional helicopter airlines have struggled due to limited demand and high operating costs.
  • eVTOL aircraft can lower costs and thus potentially offer lower fares.


The challenge of passengers having to get from city centers to airports has allowed trains and other methods of transportation to dominate this particular travel sector for decades. However, if there were ways to get consumers to the airport faster, this would likely put the airplane in a much stronger competitive position for such routes.

In the 1960s and 70s, helicopter airlines emerged in many of America’s largest cities. Highlighting a drastic reduction in travel times, these companies would fly between airports and city centers and become a highly…

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