According tomedia reports, more and more companies are now trying to get their air taxi business started with electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), and California-based Float Air Shuttle says it already has the technology to make cheap, fast air commuting possible.
Float Air Shuttle will use a fleet of several small, nine-seat aircraft to make long-haul commutes in Southern California at much faster speeds, taking 15-30 minutes from one side of the city to the other. There is no need for tSA checks, and the average one-way fee is $31.25. The initial flight route will depend on which regions are the fastest to subscribe to, and Float will not begin offering flights for that route until the number of people is full and the subscriber pays.
Float says the $1,250-a-month commuter subscription fee is sure to increase, and not everyone can afford it, but for people who spend hours a day running across cities through traffic jams in Los Angeles, the service saves them an average of 60 hours of private time a month. More importantly, this cost is offset by the tolls, fuel and maintenance costs of the car. Float says it is ready to accept electric aircraft once the number of subscribers increases.
The emerging eVTOL industry is sure to focus on Float’s business model. The company has reached agreements with at least 40 airports around Los Angeles and San Diego and is seeking detailed letters of intent, including the preferred departure and arrival times for potential passengers, and when to determine which service to start.