Bristow Triples Down on Fleet Electrification

 - September 23, 2021, 12:42 PM

Helicopter operator Bristow today announced a partnership with Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, revealing yet another element of Bristow’s expansion into the advanced air mobility (AAM) market. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), Bristow will work with the Embraer subsidiary to develop an air operator certificate (AOC) for Eve’s four-passenger eVTOL and has also committed to buying up 100 of the new model, with deliveries to begin in 2026.

This adds to Bristow’s provisional commitments announced over the past few weeks to buy 50 Electra Aero eSTOL airplanes and 50 Vertical Aerospace VA-X4 eVTOLs.

Bristow’s aim is to diversify its business model, which for a long time has been largely built around offshore passenger flights to and from oil and gas platforms. With AOCs in multiple countries around the world, the Texas-based group considers itself well-positioned to pursue new AAM applications, including logistics flights, cargo deliveries, and search-and-rescue missions.

The company is also keen to support multiple eVTOL manufacturers and other operators with services such as aircraft maintenance and crew training.

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