about us
Founded in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrick to create the most advanced eVTOL in the world. Hear how we are making this a reality.
PARTNER ECOSYSTEM
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VERTICAL AEROSPACE
Bristol
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Rolls-Royce
London
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solvay
Brussels
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avolon
Dublin
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Microsoft
Seattle
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Honeywell
North Carolina
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American Airlines
Dallas
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GKN
Birmingham
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Virgin Atlantic
Crawley
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our journey

Timeline to First Operations

2016
2017
  • Vertical Aerospace is launched by Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder of OVO Energy, with the vision of decarbonising air travel using the best technology from the aviation, energy and automotive industries
2018
  • A team of engineers design and build our first demonstrator aircraft, VA-X1, working closely with regulators
  • First tethered flight
2019
  • Our first eVTOL aircraft, VA-X1, was granted flight permission by the Civil Aviation Authority
2020
  • First flight of our second aircraft, VA-X2
  • Partnered with Honeywell
2021
  • VA-X4 is unveiled
  • Joined the Future Flight Challenge to make UAM a reality in the UK
  • UK Government grant to develop a smart charger
2022
  • Partnered with Rolls-Royce and Solvay
  • Joined Choose Paris Region to work towards demonstrating at the 2024 Olympics and establishing a commercial service in Paris
  • Partnered with GKN Aerospace
  • Announced SPAC merger with Broadstone Acquisition Corp
  • Announced conditional pre-orders for up to 1,350 aircraft from American Airlines, Avolon, Virgin Atlantic, Marubeni Corp, Iberojet and Bristow Group for estimated $5.4bn
  • Build of VA-X4
2023
  • VA-X4 test flight and continued flight test programme
  • Design Organisation Approval (DOA)
  • Finalising design phase and rig and bench testing of certifiable aircraft
  • SESAR Demonstration
2024
  • Production Organisation Approval (POA)
  • Future Flight Challenge Demonstration
  • Type Certification of VA-X4 through the CAA and EASA
  • Delivery of VA-X4
  • Rapid high-scale production of VA-X4
COMPETITIVE
ADVANTAGE
Leadership in sustainable aviation
The most advanced eVTOL Design

Superior wing vectored design, the only 5 pax aircraft under CAA/EASA certification to have successfully flown multiple prototypes

TALENT ADVANTAGE

Best in class management and technical team hand picked from aerospace and advanced automotive, with 250+ in house engineers

clear path to certification

Focusing on CAA/EASA certification to unlock global reach and the largest addressable market. World class team has already certified and supported 30+ aircraft and propulsion systems

FLEXIBLE DESIGN ARCHITECTURE

Scalability of existing VA-X4 architecture minimises certification process in order to bring new variants to market

SOPHISTICATED EVTOL ECOSYSTEM

Key strategic partnerships with leading aerospace, technology and engineering firms maximises performance and de-risks production, certification and rapid ability to scale