Eve Urban Air Mobility and Skyports have formed a partnership to develop urban air mobility (UAM) solutions in Asia and the Americas, with a focus on vehicle-vertiport operations.

The agreement extends the relationship between the two organisations, which began in early 2020 while Eve was incubated at EmbraerX. They will use Eve’s eVTOL aircraft, its Urban Air Traffic Management software and UAM services to develop a concept of operations that will inform operational procedures, as well as vehicle and services development.

André Stein, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eve, said: “In transition to a low carbon economy, the aerospace industry depends on disruptive innovation to create a more sustainable future. With urban air mobility, we have a unique opportunity to co-create vertiports, vehicles, and operation, designing a new and optimized mobility ecosystem from the ground up.

“We are thrilled to have Skyports in this journey to develop UAM solutions in Asia and the Americas, bringing us a step closer in providing commuters and travellers with an entirely new, zero-emission, experience.”

As part of this collaboration, Skyports will contribute to a market readiness exercise and a vehicle concept of operation study in Brazil, furthering Eve’s development of the UAM market in the region.

The organisations have already worked together developing a concept of operations with Airservices Australia and are currently collaborating to develop UAM operations in the UK.

Duncan Walker, Chief Executive Officer at Skyports, said: “Our partnership with Eve paves the way for rapid innovation in UAM, accelerating innovation to meet the growing demand for eVTOL services. We are looking forward to the expanded partnership, unlocking new opportunities in this fast-growing market.” 

Skyports was the first to build a full-scale passenger air taxi vertiport – which was launched as part of a trial that took place in Singapore in 2019. In addition to the Americas and Asia, Skyports currently has infrastructure projects in development in Europe and the Middle East.

Eve remains in negotiations with Zanite Acquisition Corp. about a joint SPAC merger, and it has made a series of key announcements already this month which includes its launch customer Halo Aviation and separate partnerships with Helisul in Brazil and Ascent in the Asia-Pacific region.