Natilus Secures Deal with Ameriflight for 20 Freight Planes, Boosting Total Orders to Over 460 Aircraft Worth $6.8 Billion

Natilus, a U.S. corporation specializing in the design and production of autonomous aircraft for sustainable freight transportation, has made a big announcement. Ameriflight, a leading player in the freight operations industry, has signed an Aircraft Purchase Agreement with Natilus, becoming the first regional U.S. carrier to do so. This agreement, valued at $134 million, includes 20 Natilus Kona feeder aircraft and brings the total commitments to $6.8 billion for the delivery of 460+ aircraft.

Ameriflight is the largest Part 135 cargo airline in the nation, operating more than 1,500 weekly departures to 200 destinations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. As a crucial part of the supply chain with UPS as its largest customer, Ameriflight’s primary business is transporting high-priority air freight to and from remote areas across the country for overnight express carriers.

According to Alan Rusinowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ameriflight, this strategic partnership with Natilus will allow Ameriflight to build the future roadmap for cargo operations and become the first regional operator for Natilus in the United States. The goal is to grow the product, transform business operations through innovation and collaboration, and connect the world safely within a sustainable business model.

Natilus’ fleet of carbon fiber, blended-wing-body designed cargo aircraft offers a 60% reduction in operational costs and cuts carbon emissions in half. This enables the opening of new and emerging markets in remote areas where larger aircraft cannot land due to runway capacity and infrastructure limitations. The autonomous technologies used by Natilus aim to improve labor efficiency by allowing a single pilot to control multiple aircraft, helping to address the dire pilot shortage issue in the industry.

Aleksey Matyushev, Co-Founder and CEO of Natilus, explains that the design innovation of their aircraft allows for more volume to be carried at lower costs, and the exploration of new sustainable fuels will lower carbon emissions. The agreement with Ameriflight is a major step forward in strengthening the regional supply chain in the air cargo industry. By providing needed medicines, food, and other crucial goods to remote areas, the Natilus fleet will play a critical role in developing these outlying areas.

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