Tecnam formed a partnership with Flyvbird to help it develop an operation that will provide air service to smaller rural airports. German startup airline Flyvbird, launching under the brand name Flyvirtual, plans to use an “innovative algorithmic” approach to offer an alternative to traditional transportation modes, said Tecnam, who will deliver the first aircraft—a nine-passenger P2012 piston twin.
Rather than a traditional hub-and-spoke network, the airline is developing an app-based scheduling platform using a proprietary algorithm to optimize the daily flight schedule based on paid bookings and operational constraints. Flyvbird added that it will provide a guaranteed fixed travel timeframe at booking.
“We are thrilled to announce our close partnership with Tecnam, which will help us accelerate our growth and establish ourselves as a leader in personalized on-demand air travel,” said Tomislav Lang, founder and CEO of Flyvbird, which recently received an investment for development.
Tecnam added that the P2012 and P2012 STOL, with their flexibility and lower operating costs, are “the perfect aircraft to launch this novel approach to on-demand services.” The cabin-class high-wing aircraft can be operated in a range of configurations that offer in-seat power, under-seat stowage, and ample legroom. Further, the aircraft are equipped with TKS deicing capabilities and are designed to be able to operate in areas with challenging weather environments.