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.