The Embraer spinoff Eve Urban Air Mobility is deepening its partnership with Ascent Flights Global to develop urban air mobility (UAM) in the Asia Pacific region.
Eve announced its initial collaboration with the Singapore-based flight booking service in June. Now, the eVTOL developer says it will provide Ascent with up to 100,000 hours of flight time per year on its electric air taxis beginning in 2026, pending certification of the aircraft. Target markets for the partnership include Bangkok, Manila, Melbourne, Singapore, and Tokyo.
According to a press release, Eve plans to deploy up to 100 aircraft to be marketed by Ascent on its current and future routes. Ascent will pay for flight time on Eve’s aircraft while operating in combination with partners in Asia Pacific and other markets. The deployment of Eve air taxis across the Ascent network is subject to the parties entering into definitive final agreements.
“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,” stated Eve president and CEO Andre Stein. “The region holds a massive demand for transportation disruption that can be filled with our low-emission aircraft.”
“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,” added Ascent founder and CEO Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff.
Eve — which is developing a five-seat, lift-plus-cruise eVTOL design — hasn’t disclosed any details about its progress on the aircraft beyond the first flight of a proof-of-concept demonstrator in October 2020. However, the company has been actively laying the groundwork for the ecosystem in which its air taxis will eventually operate.
Earlier this month, Eve announced a memorandum of understanding with Kenya Airways to develop UAM operational models through the latter’s fully owned subsidiary, Fahari Aviation. Eve also has operational partnerships with Directional Aviation, Helisul, and Blade.