Freight without

the wait

The first electric Short Take Off and Landing (eSTOL) aircraft for middle-mile logistics

1 pilot, 500 lbs of cargo, 0 lbs of CO2

E-commerce is exploding.

The need to move time-sensitive cargo is growing.

We’re building an aerial Logistics-as-a-Service platform to revolutionize e-commerce.

Airflow is an aerial Logistics-as-a-Service platform accelerating same-day e-commerce by transforming the middle-mile supply chain. 

Airflow’s eSTOL aircraft can move cargo quickly and cost-effectively by flying over traffic.

Logistics and e-commerce companies can:

  • Lower inventory carrying costs by having a way to consolidate inventory at the regional level
  • Offer more SKUs for same-day delivery by moving goods into cities from regional distribution centers quickly and inexpensively
  • Expand same-day and next-day service to more areas
  • Save 632,000 lbs of CO2 per aircraft annually over today’s methods
1/3
hourly operating cost of a helicopter or eVTOL
30
minute flight from regional to local warehouse
$1
per package (est.)

The logistics industry is undergoing unprecedented changes. In order to support same-day and next-day e-commerce shipments, the industry is moving from a central hub and spoke model to a regional distribution model.

Airflow’s aircraft and services provide for the rapid movement of goods throughout a region, enabling widely expanded and low-cost same-day delivery.

The need for rapid middle-mile logistics is growing due to e-commerce growth and increasing road congestion. The current model is very inefficient because lots of inventory must be stocked close-in to cities in hundreds of delivery centers to allow for same-day delivery. This drives high inventory carrying costs and limits what can be offered to consumers.  

A solution is to store inventory in regional warehouses and then move inventory to last-mile delivery centers quickly and inexpensively. Airflow provides that solution.

Airflow offers the first aerial logistics service that can move cargo directly between regional warehouses and delivery centers without the use of traditional airports.

Conventional aircraft need airports with runways that are thousands of feet long. Airflow eSTOL aircraft require only a few hundred feet for takeoff and landing (about the length of a football field). That means runways can be built almost anywhere, at regional distribution centers and local delivery centers using existing regulations.

Our solution is simple: use aircraft to move goods rather than stuffing delivery centers full of inventory. With Airflow, goods can be stocked in large regional distribution centers and quickly moved to smaller delivery centers for last-mile delivery.

Other use cases include rural delivery, medical supplies to remote areas, disaster relief, and military applications.

The graphic shows the diversity of areas that are part of the Airflow network: airports, regional distribution centers, local delivery centers, and remote areas. Avoiding intermediate transfer steps through sorting centers or airports reduces time and cost.

500 lbs of cargo, 0 lbs of CO2

The opportunity to switch to electric aviation is transformative. Electric propulsion not only reduces carbon emissions, it allows aircraft designers to develop new types of aircraft that expand the benefits of aviation.

The need for sustainability is Planely Clear.
We can reduce the amount of CO2 emissions.  We estimate that each of our aircraft can save 632,000 lbs of CO2 annually instead of using trucks. Our state-of-the art engineering and manufacturing facilities exceed the highest LEED standards and will save over 4.2 million lbs of CO2 annually.

96%
reduction in fuel cost
(ICE aircraft)
50%
reduction in maintenance cost
0
CO2 emissions

Started by five former Airbus Vahana team members with over 60 years of aerospace experience, Airflow's mission is to expand the benefits of aviation and bring new capabilities to the industry.

The founding team’s background includes companies like Airbus, Eclipse Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Uber Elevate, Airware, and Scaled Composites. Most recently, the team worked together on the successful Airbus Vahana eVTOL program.

Airflow is developing the technology to deliver a commercially viable solution based on proven principles. The three key technology enablers are shown below.

Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP)

DEP enables operations into and out of very short runways by providing more control at slower airspeeds.

Virtual Tailhook™️

A pilot assistance system that provides safe, repeatable landings on very short runways. It reduces pilot workload and increases safety.

Aerial Operating System (aOS)

Allows operators to manage aircraft in real-time and integrates fleet data into scheduling and ERP systems.

Developed with an eye towards future autonomy, the Airflow eSTOL aircraft carries a pilot with 500 lbs of time-sensitive cargo and can operate on short runways.

1/3
hourly operating cost of a helicopter or eVTOL
500
150
250
1
lbs
cargo
ft
T/O & land distance
pilot
mile
range + reserves
The Specs:
  • Single pilot
  • Part 23 certification basis
  • Operates in poor weather
  • Cargo compartment designed for low-density cargo
The Capabilities:

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