Air taxi startup Volocopter is now taking reservations for its first VoloCity flights. Get yours by 31 December 2020 for $480

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Be one of the first 1,000 to book yourself a trip on a VoloCity aircraft. Tickets cost €300 (about S$480.50); only 366 remain as of press time

After nearly a decade of development, Volocopter is ready for its fleet of air taxis to finally take flight. And the brand is so confident that day is near that it’s already selling tickets for those early rides in the sky.

On 16 September, the German aviation startup announced that it is now taking reservations for its very first flights. Each VoloFirst ticket comes with a 15-minute flight aboard one of the company’s VoloCity aircrafts, a video of the trip and an official personalised certificate from the startup.

While Volocopter is still waiting on certification from authorities, it has decided to start selling tickets for public flights because of successful tests in Germany, Finland and Singapore (it unveiled its VoloPort, the world’s first flying taxi station, at Marina Bay in 2019). There are no set dates for the flights yet, though the company expects to commercially launch in the next “two to three years”.

Founded in the early part of the last decade, Volocopter is one of a handful of aviation companies working to make the flying car a reality. During that time, the company has developed five aircrafts, the most recent of which which, the VoloCity, will be the basis for its air taxi fleet. The 18-rotor eVOTL has room for two passengers, a range of over 33.8 km and can reach a top speed of 100 km/hr.

“Based on our public test flights and regulatory achievement record, we have paved the way to make electric flight in cities common in just a few years,” CEO Florian Reuter said in a statement. “With the start of reservations, we now invite our supporters and innovators around the world to join us and be among the first to experience this new and exciting form of mobility.”

Aviation enthusiasts have until 31 December 2020 to reserve a spot on one of Volocopter’s VoloFirst flights. Tickets cost €300 (about S$480.50), meaning you’ll pay around S$32 for every minute in the air, and they can be reserved through this website with a 10 per cent deposit. Only 1,000 seats will be made available, of which only 366 remain as of press time.

This was first published on Robb Report US