Aerial logistics network for same-day

e-commerce

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

1 pilot, 500 lbs of cargo.

E-commerce is exploding.

The need to move time-sensitive cargo is growing.

Adding more trucks to increasingly-congested urban roadways is not the solution.

Airflow is building an aerial logistics network to move short-haul cargo quickly and cost effectively over traffic by utilizing the unused airspace around cities.

Logistics and e-commerce companies using Airflow can:

  • Expand time-sensitive services to more areas
  • Offer more SKUs for same-day delivery because goods can be moved into cities from remote warehouses quickly and inexpensively
  • Move goods quickly between warehouses throughout the day and night
4x
faster than trucks
1/3
hourly operating cost of a helicopter or eVTOL
150
feet take-off and landing distance

The need for rapid middle-mile logistics (between 50 - 200 miles) is growing due to e-commerce growth and increasing road congestion. Airflow addresses that need.

Trucks add to road congestion and will only get worse as e-commerce grows. The diagram below shows how cargo moves today between warehouses (distribution centers) using trucks.

Airflow offers the first aircraft service that can move cargo directly between warehouses without the use of 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, under existing regulations.

This diagram below shows how Airflow moves cargo quickly and inexpensively between warehouses, many times throughout the day and night.

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 warehouses, local distribution centers, and remote areas. Avoiding intermediate transfer steps through airports reduces time and cost.

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

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
pilot
500
150
250
90
lbs
cargo
ft
T/O & land distance
cu ft
cargo volume
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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