Eve Urban Air Mobility has announced Halo, the British and US helicopter travel provider, as its launch customer in the Urban Air Mobility market. The partnership includes an order for 200 eVTOL aircraft, with deliveries expected to start in 2026.
Under the agreement, which is regarded as one of the first international eVTOL operator partnerships of its kind, Halo will work with Eve to develop a new eVTOL operation in both the UK and USA.
It will also benefit from the work Eve has already invested in the UK market, which includes working with the country’s civil aviation authority on a concept of operations for integrating air taxis and eVTOL aircraft. Eve is an independent company formed by Embraer S.A. to accelerate the UAM ecosystem around the world.
Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve Urban Air Mobility, said: “This partnership is an important step for Eve to assume its position as a global leader in the UAM industry. We are ready to build the future of mobility with our partners in an extremely collaborative way. Halo is aligned with our mission to create comprehensive Urban Air Mobility solutions and this order marks an important milestone for Eve in key markets.
“We are confident that this mutually beneficial relationship will have a positive impact for many future users and enable both companies to grow their businesses exponentially.”
Formed through the alignment of Halo Aviation in the UK and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) in the USA, Halo offers transportation in the leading helicopter types in their class piloted by instrument-rated pilots. In the UK, Halo offers vertical lift via charter, card, fractional ownership and full ownership-management programmes. Its fleet of Agusta/Leonardo AW109 and AW169 helicopters dispatch from bases in the south of England, around London, the Midlands and the Channel Islands.
In the USA, Halo provides helicopter charter, fractional ownership and helicopter maintenance services from New York, Teterboro, Bridgeport, Providence and Philadelphia.
Kenneth C. Ricci, Principal of Directional Aviation, investment fund of which Halo is part of, said: “We believe Eve has designed an aircraft that is well-prepared for not only initial certification but also has a proven track record of production. The outstanding lineage of aircraft design, certification and production that Embraer brings to this aircraft positions Eve with significant advantages in the competitive landscape.
“And our background as operators has taught us that product support is absolutely vital to the overall success of new programs. The relationship between Embraer and Eve will create one of the most successful global product support infrastructures in the industry.
“Finally, the work that Eve and Embraer have completed around their traffic management system is just one more example of how uniquely positioned Eve is to help us deliver on our vision.”
Beyond the initial order and collaboration to develop a new eVTOL operation, Eve and Halo will also partner on the continued development of Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management system, as well as the fleet operations and services product offerings that Eve provides as an ecosystem integrator for urban air mobility operations.
Eve says its eVTOL design represents a simple and intuitive design that continues to reach development milestones. The first flight of the engineering simulator was conducted in July 2020 and proof of concept in October 2020.
eVTOL Insights spoke to David Rottblatt, VP of Business Development at Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions as part of its popular podcast series, where he talked more about the company’s work in the industry.
In addition to the aircraft program, Eve is harnessing the expertise of both Embraer and Atech, a subsidiary of the Embraer Group, in providing globally recognised air traffic management software to create the solutions that will help safely scale the urban air mobility industry going forward.