Vertical Aerospace, the Bristol-headquartered aerospace and technology company pioneering zero-emissions aviation has completed its float on the New York Stock Exchange through a business combination with Broadstone Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO, and Founder of Vertical said “This listing is a landmark moment for Vertical Aerospace. We have global leaders in aviation as partners and a world-class team that can make zero emissions flight a reality for millions of people around the world. It is fantastic to reach this milestone and I am so proud of what the team has achieved.”
And all this before a single Vertical Aerospace aircraft has skimmed down the runway.
Vertical recently announced an additional $205 million in funding led by Mudrick Capital, alongside new strategic agreements with Heathrow Airport and Ferrovial. This builds on Vertical’s industry-leading ecosystem of partners including American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, aircraft leasing company Avolon, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, GKN, and Microsoft. Vertical has continued to assemble and build its team of senior experienced engineers and seasoned aviation executives and expects its customers to be flying commercial missions in the mid-2020s.
The growing sustainability challenges of cities caused by urbanisation and a lack of transit options have increased investment from the private and public sector in the electrification of transportation, and Vertical sees the aviation sector, a market estimated at $1 trillion, as a key part of the transition. Vertical, with its market-leading pre-order book, is poised to be a leader in the future of advanced aerial mobility. Its piloted VX4 aircraft is projected to reach up to 200 mph, transporting four passengers a hundred times quieter than a helicopter, a hundred times safer, all with zero operating emissions and at costs comparable to riding a taxi.
Derek Kerr, Chief Finance Officer of American Airlines, said “On behalf of American Airlines, I would like to congratulate Vertical on its listing a public company on the New York Stock Exchange. We are ex- cited to partner with Vertical as we continue to work towards the development of emerging technologies that reduce carbon emissions in the aviation industry.”
Warren East, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, said “Congratulations to Vertical Aerospace on this important strategic step on its journey to pioneer zero emissions flight. We are delighted they have chosen to work with our technology. We have a joint ambition to lead the way in the exciting Urban Air Mobility market and our partnership reinforces our position as the leading supplier of all-electric and hybrid- electric propulsions systems for aviation.”
Mike Madsen, President of Honeywell Aerospace, said “Honeywell and Vertical Aerospace envision an exciting and more sustainable new era of flight, which is powered by electricity. Vertical’s step forward today with the NYSE further proves we’re very close to that reality. Honeywell’s state-of-the-art flight controls and avionics systems will help navigate Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft. We’re thrilled to see how our work together shapes a new future for aviation with broadly adopted vehicles, which are cleaner, smarter and more efficient than ever before.”
Matthew Goldstein, Managing Director of Microsoft’s venture fund M12, said “City populations continue to grow, and there’s a clear opportunity for urban air mobility together with eVTOLs to augment constrained transportation systems. What sets Vertical apart is their focus on what’s certifiable—not just what’s possible. Vertical is making important technology investments to realize trusted and sustainable aviation. We’re proud to support this world-class team, pioneering the electrification of flight.”
Shai Weiss, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, said “Today is an exciting next step for our partners at Vertical Aerospace and we want to congratulate them on reaching the milestone of today’s listing. We look forward to working together towards our collective mission to make short haul, zero emission elec- tric vehicle connectivity across the UK a reality. Virgin Atlantic is proud to be partnering with the pioneer- ing team at Vertical to make this happen.”
Hugh Osmond, Chairman of Broadstone, said “Vertical Aerospace is at the forefront of electric aviation, a fast-growing sector that will dramatically reimagine the entire aviation market. With the endorsement of key partners, suppliers, and investors we are confident that our partnership with Stephen and Vertical’s gifted team of innovators will disrupt transportation over the next decade to come.”