The Embraer spinoff Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions has announced a collaboration with Paris-based helicopter booking platform Helipass to deploy eVTOL aircraft across France and elsewhere in Europe.
According to a press release, the partners will endeavor to launch Eve’s electric air taxi model across Helipass’s markets following the aircraft’s commercial introduction, which is planned for 2026. Eve and Helipass are targeting 50,000 hours of flight operations per year, which could lead to an optional increase of 100,000 annual flight hours across Helipass’s network.
Eve said it will work with Helipass to develop training, on-site support, and technical publications to facilitate the launch of commercial operations, while Helipass will open digital bookings on its platform to offer a “seamless” customer experience. Flights are expected to include sightseeing, city and airport transfers, as well as a growing on-demand service.
Helipass, which currently has around 120 helicopter operators and 600 destinations in its network, was recently selected to participate in Choose Paris Region’s urban air mobility (UAM) initiative, which aims to see eVTOL air taxis flying at the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The booking platform joins a growing number of Eve operational partners worldwide, including another booking service, Ascent Flights Global, in the Asia Pacific region.
“We are very happy about bringing Helipass to our family of partners, increasing the global reach of our solutions to the UAM market,” stated Eve president and CEO Andre Stein. “Europe is not only ripe for new mobility solutions, but also very focused on ensuring a more sustainable future, which is very much in line with Eve’s vision.”
Eve and Helipass said they will also look into growing their service to include additional use cases, as well as the requisite services needed to support the scalability of UAM products in Helipass’s core markets.