The Embraer spinoff Eve Urban Air Mobility and offshore helicopter operator Bristow Group have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on the development of an air operator’s certificate for Eve’s eVTOL aircraft. Bristow has also placed a conditional order for up to 100 aircraft from Eve, with deliveries expected to start in 2026.
The announcement comes just days after Bristow revealed its intent to purchase 50 eVTOL aircraft from Vertical Aerospace and confirms Bristow’s interest in positioning itself as a key player in the emerging advanced air mobility market.
The partnership with Eve will leverage Bristow’s seven decades of experience in cargo and passenger transport in the joint development of an urban air mobility (UAM) operating model, with a focus on areas including vehicle design, vertiport design, regulatory development for the operating environment, eVTOL certification, and autonomous operation. The companies said they will also work together to optimize the integration of eVTOL aircraft into both existing and next-generation air traffic management systems.
According to Bristow president and CEO Chris Bradshaw, “This strategic MOU outlines the continued development of a comprehensive UAM model between Bristow and Eve for an eVTOL that could potentially reshape the market for all-electric vertical lift with zero emissions and lower operating costs.”
Eve has previously announced agreements for the development of UAM programs with partners in the Brazilian, Asian Pacific, and African markets. Bristow and Eve said they will be exploring “various potential geographic end markets” for commercial air taxi operations.
“Our partnership with Bristow, in combination with our Embraer background, joins trusted, innovative organizations with over 125 years of combined aviation expertise and a multi-country footprint,” stated Eve president and CEO Andre Stein. “We are honored that Bristow has chosen our eVTOL platform and together, our teams will develop the required frameworks and robust operations needed to create an accessible, scalable, sustainable, and safe UAM industry.”