Bristow signs MOU to purchase 50 eSTOLs from Electra.aero
Bristow Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to purchase 50 eSTOL (electric short take-off and landing) aircraft from developer Electra.aero.
The company said it would focus on the future electric service to focus on middle mile logistics for retail distribution.
Bristow and Electra.aero will collaborate on developing the new eSTOL aircraft’s final configuration, specifications and design features meet customers as well as FAA, EASA and Transport Canada certification and timeline requirements.
President and CEO of Bristow, Chris Bradshaw, said: “This will allow us to expand our expertise providing sustainable, innovative and efficient vertical lift and aerial transport solutions into new potential end markets like moving time-sensitive cargo and passengers regionally.”
The partnership will leverage Bristow’s existing customers, as well as explore new ones for retail distribution and specialised passenger services.
John S. Langford, founder and CEO of Electra.aero“This collaboration will lead to a more rigorous aircraft capable of addressing operators’ needs across a variety of use cases and will help Electra develop and certify an eSTOL aircraft in as short a period of time as possible.”
Electra’s eSTOL will be able to carry between five and seven passengers or 1,800 pounds of cargo on trips of up to around 500 miles in all weather conditions, the company said.
Langford said Electra plans to deliver 50 or more aircraft to Bristow once it enters commercial service in 2026.