By S.L. Fuller | June 19, 2017
XTI Aicraft Co. has received the first orders for its TriFan 600, the company said at the Paris Air Show. The first three production units are spoken for with an Aircraft Reservation Deposit Agreement.
"We're pleased to announce the first orders for the TriFan 600 under our pre-sales program," said Robert LaBelle, XTI's CEO. "From the outset, we've received strong interest from potential buyers who want to reserve their priority number for the TriFan. We expect these first orders to be followed by many more over the next few months and years."
The three aircraft have been ordered by one “globally recognized operator,” which XTI said asked to remain unnamed for “competitive reasons.”
"This customer is fully committed to the XTI TriFan 600, and intends to place it into service flying priority passengers and cargo in VIP and Utility missions in multiple challenging environments," LaBelle said.
The VTOL, long-range aircraft uses hybrid-election propulsion. XTI has received two U.S. patents for the TriFan’s technology. Design has the aircraft traveling over 300 mph with a range of more than 1,200 miles. Its three ducted fans enable the vertical takeoff and landing, and two wing fans that rotate forward would enable cruise speed and initial climb. Last August, XTI said the TriFan’s first prototype would be powered by Honeywell’s HTS900 engine. Honeywell would also provide an additional engine for use in XTI's Ground Propulsion Test System.
Staring off with a failed crowdfunding campaign, XTI engaged with an investment bank last September for a Series B round.