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Europcar orders 50 Skyworks e-aircrafts for Brazil operations

Europcar, the world’s third largest rental car company and leading mobility provider, has placed an order for 50 eGyro electrically powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Skyworks Aeronautics for use in Brazil, the world’s fourth largest market for civil helicopters after the US, Russia and Canada.
 
Skyworks Aeronautics is a global leader in the science and technology of gyronautics, focusing on the design and development of high-performance gyroplanes. 
 
It has more than 40 patents with several more underway, all obtained in an effort to radically change not only the way gyroplanes are perceived, but also the way they are utilized. 
 
Skyworks gyroplanes provide more affordable, safer, and higher performance alternatives for runway-independent aircraft. 
 
On the new order, Paulo Gaba, Chief Executive Officer of the Autotur Group, the Europcar franchisee for Brazil, said: "We are extremely excited to partner with Skyworks Aeronautics to bring safe, efficient, and cost-effective electric aircraft solutions to Brazil."
 
"This initial order for Skyworks’ revolutionary eGyro reflects our understanding that though aviation certainly connects the world in important ways, we have an opportunity to deliver new, sustainable mobility capabilities that create immense value for consumers while better caring for our planet," he stated. 
 
"The offer of eGyros will complete our range of possibilities as a global mobility provider," added Gaba.
 
Skyworks Director Jack Carter said: "We have been developing manned and unmanned vertical lift gyroplane technologies for more than two decades, providing sustained autorotative flight capabilities that enable aircraft to be both runway independent and economical, and without the physics-imposed speed, range, and payload limitations of a helicopter."
 
"This exciting partnership with Europcar Brazil highlights the promise of our electrified gyrocraft to expand their already extraordinary service capabilities to serve current and future markets in new, safe and exciting ways," added Carter.
 
CEO and Co-Founder John Michel said: "We are living at a time of incredible opportunity and excitement as it relates to aviation."
 
"At a time in history where demand for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, as well as growing desire for effective emissions-free flight converge, this partnership with Europcar Brazil allows us to work together to demonstrate the transformative impact of gyronautics in the world’s fourth largest market for civil helicopters," he noted. 
 
“Together, we look forward to making affordable mobility accessible to the masses in Brazil and beyond.”
 
Europcar Mobility Group is a major player in mobility markets and listed on Euronext Paris, that has recently announced an agreement with a consortium led by Volkswagen designed to drive future value creation in transforming mobility ecosystems.-TradeArabia News Service