Czech air taxi project to develop prototype

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Czech-based air taxi developer Zuri has received funding to develop a functional prototype of its aircraft.

According to its developers, the unmanned vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) Zuri aircraft will be able to carry four passengers up to 700km (435 miles) in less than three hours when operational. It will weight 900kg (2000 lbs), have a wingspan of 11m (36 ft) and be propelled by eight electrically-driven rotors and a turboprop.

Zuri’s development program was started in 2017 by internet entrepreneur Michal Illich and employs nine people. Illich said, “Thanks to this investment we will be able to continue building up the team as well as fund the development of the large prototype of this unique aircraft.”

The investment has been made by online travel agency Kiwi.com. Oliver Dlouhý founder and CEO of Kiwi.com said, “The Zuri project represents a direction that I see as key in the future of transport and our investment is testament of that. ”

“The vision of Zuri is very close to our own and we are excited we can play a part in its development. We also believe that Kiwi.com will be among the first to offer this type of service within the global scope of our network.”

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