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Beta hopes its electric vertical aircraft deal with UPS validates this new mode of transport


Beta Technologies, which agreed to sell electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to United Parcel Service , sees the deal as a major milestone for the acceptance of eVTOLs as commercially viable.


"That experience or just the emotive response of the general public to know that they're not the first ones getting on — so this has been flying, hundreds of aircraft in millions of hours of packages — is the right way to approach this market, and it'll put us significantly up on our competition."


Wisk , established in 2019 as a joint venture between Boeing and aircraft maker Kitty Hawk Corp., started testing autonomous eVTOLs taxis in New Zealand.


UPS also has embedded a staff member at Beta's Burlington, Vermont headquarters to identify and address any issues with "how do you load this thing, how do you unload it, what does the pilot need for a cockpit, how do you get the trucks in and out next to it," Clark said.


Beta Technologies sees its deal to provide electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to UPS as a major milestone for the acceptance of so-called eVTOLs as commercially viable.


As part of the purchase, UPS has also embedded a staff member at Beta's Vermont headquarters to identify and address any issues with loading, flying and delivery.






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