Eve Air Mobility has made two key announcements to help accelerate the development of Australia’s urban air mobility ecosystem.

Firstly, the company has partnered with Nautilus Aviation, a division of Morris Group and Northern Australia’s largest helicopter operator, which will see the introduction of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft serving some of Queensland’s most iconic tourism attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef.

Nautilus has ordered 10 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft, with flights taking off over the world’s largest coral reef system by 2026. With more than 25 years’ flying experience, Nautilus has a network of bases spanning Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Darwin and Torres Strait (Horn Island).

Morris Group Founder and CEO, Chris Morris, said the new partnership with Eve accelerates the progress towards 100 per cent of scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef coming from zero-emission electric aviation. The agreement is also in line with Morris Group’s commitment to reach net-zero emission by 2030 across all of its businesses.

Morris said: “This partnership is an exciting development for Nautilus Aviation and Morris Group. We believe economic success and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand and aim to strengthen and enrich the environments in which we work. Eve’s eVTOL technology will integrate seamlessly into our operations to deliver a range of exciting zero-emission tourism experiences.”

Nautilus Aviation CEO, Aaron Finn, added that Nautilus has had an Advanced Ecotourism Certification for eight years. However, it has been hard to avoid the biggest impact of greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fuel in the company’s helicopters.

“This will allow us to provide emission-free and quiet tours over the Great Barrier Reef, providing an unmatched eco-experience to our customers”, he said.

Andre Stein, President, and CEO of Eve, said the initiative was an important milestone for the company. He said: “Our partnership with Nautilus Aviation and Morris Group will see Eve aircraft serving Australia’s iconic tourism attractions with sustainable, zero-emissions low-noise, journeys.

“We share the same vision toward a carbon-neutral future for air mobility and this is a great use case for the solutions Eve is bringing to the market, including our 100 per cent eVTOL and comprehensive customer support and air traffic management solutions.”

And yesterday (Monday), Eve made a second announcement where it will work with Sydney Seaplanes to help lay the foundations for new electric air taxi operations in Greater Sydney. To help achieve this, Sydney Seaplanes has placed a 50-strong order for Eve’s eVTOL aircraft. Progress deliveries are expected to begin from 2026.

The new partnership accelerates the progress towards 100 per cent of greater Sydney’s local tourism and commuter flights coming from zero emission electric aviation.

Sydney Seaplanes first took to the air in 2005, with just a six-seater De Havilland Beaver seaplane. Since then, the company has become an integral part of the daily workings at Sydney Harbour and one of the largest tourism flight operators in Australia. Since commencing services Sydney Seaplanes has flown over 425,000 passengers on 80,000 flights.

In 2020, Sydney seaplanes announced plans to create an all-electric and zero-emissions regional airline Alt Air as soon as 2022, with first all-electric flights planned as early as 2024. Introducing eVTOL aircraft offers an opportunity to extend the catchment of the Rose Bay aviation facilities to efficiently serve all of Greater Sydney.

Aaron Shaw, CEO of Sydney Seaplanes, said: “This is an exciting development for Sydney Seaplanes. Sydney needs a post-COVID lift and what better way to do that than by developing high-tech and zero carbon jobs that support transport, tourism and the vibrancy of this wonderful city. Eve’s eVTOL technology will integrate seamlessly with our electric amphibious fleet to deliver a range of tourism and commuter journeys.

“Subject to community consultation, we expect some flights will operate from our iconic Rose Bay aviation terminal in Sydney Harbour. This service will have a widespread appeal which will allow us to open new routes beyond the Harbour and throughout the greater Sydney region.”

Stein added: “We are pleased to support Sydney Seaplanes as they seek to bring new mobility solutions to Sydney. The Greater Sydney market offers significant potential for scaled Urban Air Mobility operations, to make the most of the iconic beauty of Sydney Harbour and to improve the efficiency of movement to complement existing transport modes.

“Eve will support this new partnership with comprehensive solutions for aircraft operations including air traffic management solutions, maintenance, training, and other services.”