Zero-emission flights to RACV Resorts to launch in 2022
A new partnership will see the introduction of zero-emission flights serving the iconic RACV resorts in Victoria in 2022.
RACV welcomes today’s announcement of Microflite ordering up to 40 zero-emission electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Eve Air Mobility.
Today, RACV and Microflite announce a partnership to build a network of zero-emission flights, connecting the RACV city club in Melbourne CBD with RACV resorts in Healesville, Cape Schanck, Torquay and Inverloch.
This network will form a core part of the zero-emission flights that Microflite intends to operate when the first zero-emission eVTOL aircraft arrive in 2026.
Launching on sale through www.racv.com.au in Spring 2022, flights will begin using Microflite’s existing helicopter fleet with emissions fully offset for all RACV journeys.
RACV MD & CEO, Neil Taylor said: “RACV has a rich history in mobility, and we are proud to be launching this partnership as part of our overall commitment towards a cleaner energy future whilst offering exciting new experiences for our guests. As all our resorts in Victoria have on site solar systems installed by RACV Solar we look forward to providing the eVTOL’s with Cleaner Energy.”
“Commencing zero-emission flights in 2022 will provide an opportunity for RACV and Microflite to understand customer demand and preferences in the lead-up to the arrival of zero-emission aircraft in 2026,” added Mr Taylor.
RACV EGM Leisure, Craig Peachey added: “Imagine a short walk after breakfast during your stay at the RACV City Club to take your 20-minute flight to play a round at one of our four amazing golf courses. Or maybe you want to play two iconic courses in a single day. Being able to connect the RACV resorts by air opens up a myriad of new options for our guests.”
Microflite CEO, Jonathan Booth said: “Microflite is Victoria’s largest operator of turbine helicopters and we look forward to building this partnership with RACV over the coming years as we keenly anticipate the arrival of our first zero-emission aircraft.”
“We will be working with RACV to establish all the operational and commercial infrastructure required to provide guests with a seamless premium experience, including charging for the future eVTOLs at RACV resorts,” added Mr Booth.
RACV provides products and services to over 2.2 million Victorians and also operates significant businesses in other states. RACV is focused on three core sectors; products and services in Motoring and Mobility notably Roadside Assistance and Car Insurance; Home and Energy notably Home Insurance, Home Trades and an increasing range of businesses in the Cleaner Energy space such as RACV Solar. Our Leisure Business has 10 major properties across Australia and investments in digital travel companies such as Designer Journeys.
Microflite Helicopter Services operates the largest fleet of turbine helicopters in Victoria, with premium tours, charter flights, airwork applications, pilot training, and aircraft services. These iconic red aircraft have become a familiar sight in the skies over Melbourne and its surroundings. Founded in the year
2000, Microflite has become a highly-respected, industry-leading operation with an exemplary history of safety and service.
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