Between Shenzhen and Zhuhai cities, in Southern China, the five-seater Prosperity eVTOL aircraft by AutoFlight has hit a significant target, flying autonomously on the 50-km route. The flight from Shenzhen to Zhuhai through the delta of Pearl River is a travel that would take three hours by car but it lasted just 20 minutes with Prosperity, designed by Frank Stephenson, the famous designer who revolutionized Mini and Fiat 500 and created iconic designs for Ferrari, McLaren and Maserati, before engineering flying taxis.
This result marks the first public flight in the world of an eVTOL aircraft on a maritime and interurban route. This flight represents then a significant milestone in the development and in the course towards the certification of this new form of mobility. The route between Shenzhen and Zhuhai is part of the future scenario of the air traffic planned by the regional government while they are developing their strategy of “low-altitude economy” that will see the opening of thousands of vertiports and hundreds of eVTOL air routes across the Greater Bay Area in the south of China.
AutoFlight partner in the region, Heli-Eastern, an important company of general low-altitude aviation and supplier of services for helicopters, has recently signed an agreement with AutoFlight for the purchase of 100 eVTOL Prosperity passenger aircrafts.