Volocopter and SITA, the world’s leading IT provider to the air transport industry, have entered a partnership, with SITA selected as Volocopter’s preferred digital and IT systems partner for vertiports.

SITA has become the latest investor to join Volocopter’s Series E funding round, and the VoloCity electric air taxi will operate routes in congested megacities to offer future passengers stable, quiet, and safe flights.

Flights can be hailed via designated boarding points or vertiports, with SITA deploying its expertise in air transport for the emerging UAM industry, developing new operating standards and a digital-first passenger experience.

SITA’s portfolio includes a range of IT solutions, including airport management and operations, passenger operations, flight and aircraft operations, baggage processing, and border management.

Volocopter’s VoloIQ digital operating system connects all partners, and therefore enables a digital-first approach that will translate to end-to-end passenger air transportation experiences. This cloud-based system is in the process of being certified by the relevant aviation authorities.

Christian Bauer, Chief Commercial Officer at Volocopter, said: “Volocopter consistently takes a holistic ecosystem approach, working in concert with our partners with whom we are setting up for commercial operations.

“This involves establishing the requisite infrastructure, maintenance, flight operations, IT, and customer services. SITA is a leading IT provider for airports and airlines, and we believe there is no better partner to make our seamless travel experience possible.”

Sergio Colella, SITA President for Europe, added: “Volocopter is in pole position to make electric air taxis a reality, benefiting from its first-mover advantage. At SITA, we will play a key role in delivering this new digital UAM world and defining a seamless, smarter approach to air travel in a city environment. Together we will turn the theory into practice as early as 2024 when we expect the first commercial eVTOLs to take flight.”

SITA is the air transport industry’s IT provider, delivering solutions for airlines, airports, aircraft and governments. With around 2,500 customers, SITA’s solutions drive operational efficiencies at more than 1,000 airports while delivering the promise of the connected aircraft to customers of 17,000 aircraft globally.

SITA also provides technology solutions that help more than 70 governments strike the balance of secure borders and seamless travel. Its communications network bridges 45% of the air transport community’s data exchange.

SITA is 100% owned by the industry and driven by its needs. It is one of the most internationally diverse companies, providing services in over 200 countries and territories.

Last month, Volocopter announced that Sumitomo Corporation has invested in its Series E Funding round, and will also become a key strategic partner for entry into service in the Japanese market starting in 2025.