24-Aug-2021 Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility
Eve Urban Air Mobility, LLC, an Embraer company, and Ascent Flights Global Ltd. announced a deepening of their partnership aimed at developing a robust Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in the Asia Pacific region. Beginning in 2026, Eve will provide Ascent with up to 100,000 hours of flight time per year on its electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also known in the market as EVA (Electrical Vertical Aircraft), for use in key cities such as Bangkok (Thailand), Manila (Philippines), Melbourne (Australia), Singapore, and Tokyo (Japan).
Backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of aircraft manufacturing and certification expertise, Eve unveils a unique value proposition by offering a comprehensive suite of UAM products and services. Eve’s zero-emission and low noise EVA represents a simple and intuitive design that continues to reach development milestones. The first flight of the engineering simulator happened in July 2020, while a proof of concept (POC) followed in October 2020. In parallel, Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) project reached a new milestone in its collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to develop a scalable environment needed to host UAM flights.
“Ascent is one of the greatest players of Urban Air Mobility in Asia Pacific and its strong presence in the region makes it an ideal partner for Eve’s operations. The region holds a massive demand for transportation disruption that can be filled with our low-emission aircraft. This is the right recipe for sustainable growth,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve.
Eve plans to deploy up to 100 aircraft to be marketed by Ascent on its current and future routes. Ascent, which acts as an independent on-demand platform, will pay for flight time utilized on Eve’s aircraft while operating in combination with partners in Asia Pacific and other markets. This new agreement is part of Eve´s comprehensive UAM strategy to position the company as a leader in the industry. The deployment of Eve aircraft across the Ascent network is subject to the parties entering into definitive final agreements.
“Eve’s innovative technology, combined with its manufacturing expertise and global servicing footprint through Embraer, comfort us in bringing a solution fitting the region’s complex requirements. With Ascent operating system onboarding Eve’s fleet and connected to Eve’s UATM, air operator partners will be empowered to elevate UAM operations at scale,” highlighted Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, Founder & CEO of Ascent.