Eve Urban Air Mobility and Halo, a helicopter provider in the U.S. and U.K., have formed a partnership to develop urban air mobility (UAM) products and services in the U.S. and U.K, according to a June 1 press release.
Eve is an independent company backed by Embraer and was the first company to spin off from EmbraerX.
In the U.K., Halo operates a fleet of Agusta/Leonardo AW109 and AW169 helicopters via charter, card and fractional ownership programs, while also providing helicopter charter and maintenance services from its bases located throughout the northeastern region of the U.S. Last month, Halo was acquired by Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight, parent of global private jet travel provider Flexjet, to serve as a platform for their official entrance into the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) market.
Now, with Eve, the company has a vehicle development partner to support their entrance into UAM.
“This partnership is an important step for Eve to assume its position as a global leader in the UAM industry,” Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve Urban Air Mobility, said in a statement. “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.”
Halo will receive 200 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft through the partnership, according to the release. Eve has not released details on its eVTOL. EmbraerX debuted its eVTOL concept in June 2019.
“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,” Kenneth C. Ricci, Principal of Directional Aviation, an investment fund of which Halo is part of, said in a statement. “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.”
The partnership will also include work on Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management system, fleet operations, and Eve’s UAM product offers, according to the release.
Eve is also partnering with Airservices Australia and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on a concept of operations for UAM.
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