Eve and Falcon Aviation Services have teamed up to introduce “electric vertical take-off and landing” (eVTOL) aircraft flights to Dubai, a development that comes as the emirate seeks to adopt the technology into its transportation infrastructure.
An announcement from the companies, made this week, revealed that in April 2022, a subsidiary of Eve Holding – a company dedicated to accelerating the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem and Falcon Aviation Services signed a letter of intent for up to 35 eVTOL aircraft.
With deliveries expected to begin in 2026, the partnership will introduce the first eVTOL sightseeing flights from Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.
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Eve and Falcon will work with stakeholders and local authorities to support the development of UAM in the UAE.
Falcon, established in 2006 at the initiative of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, offers helicopter sightseeing tours from Atlantis, the Palm, which currently receives 40,000 tourist passengers a year, with plans to double that number over the next five years.
eVTOLs are aircraft that use electrical power to hover, take off and land vertically. It’s a new class of clean, quiet, and inexpensive air taxis that promise to fundamentally transform cities in the decades to come.
“Dozens of companies are spending billions of dollars to manufacture eVTOLs that will function as air taxis – taking off and landing from so-called vertiports on top of buildings, parking lots or helipads in congested cities,” SCS had reported earlier.
“EVTOLs promise a faster, safer and greener mode of transport – potentially changing the way we work and live,” the report adds.
Captain Ramandeep Oberoi, Falcon’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “We are delighted to partner with Eve and be the first eVTOL operator in Dubai and the MENA region. »
He said the launch of the concept aligns with the vision of Smart Dubai and will help position Dubai as a global leader in sustainable UAM transport.
“We are particularly proud to take another step in the United Arab Emirates, in a project that will be revolutionary for sustainable urban mobility.”
Earlier, Nasser Bu Shehab, CEO of Corporate Strategy and Governance Sector at Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said company registrar: “Dubai’s transport plans are prepared to meet future population and tourist growth.”
Shehab said plans include introducing new modes of transportation such as self-driving and flying taxis in partnership with top international companies. The RTA’s objective is “to reach 25% of journeys in autonomous modes by 2030”. The authority has previously said it will launch its autonomous vehicle service in 2023 and aims to have 4,000 driverless vehicles by 2030.