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Eve and Skyports announce UAM infrastructure partnership in Asia, Americas

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions and vertiport designer Skyports announced a partnership Monday to explore urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle-vertiport operations in early launch markets in Asia and the Americas.

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Eve and Skyports will expand on a collaboration that began in early 2020. Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions Image

The companies plan to use Eve’s aircraft and urban air traffic management (UATM) software to develop a concept of operations to inform operational procedures as well as vehicle and services development. Skyports will also contribute to a market readiness exercise in Brazil, preparing for Eve’s launch in the region.

With this announcement, the two companies are expanding on a collaboration that began in early 2020, before Eve was spun off from EmbraerX, Embraer’s market accelerator for disruptive concepts. Eve and Skyports already worked together to develop a UATM concept of operations with Airservices Australia, and are currently working with UK Air Mobility consortium partners on a similar project in that country.

“Our partnership with Eve paves the way for rapid innovation in UAM, accelerating innovation to meet the growing demand for eVTOL services,” stated Skyports CEO Duncan Walker in a press release. “We are looking forward to the expanded partnership, unlocking new opportunities in this fast-growing market.”

The Skyports collaboration is the latest in a string of partnerships announced by Eve. The eVTOL developer is currently in talks to merge with the blank-check company Zanite Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: ZNTE). Zanite is co-led by Directional Aviation principal Kenn Ricci, whose Halo brand announced on June 1 that it had placed a conditional order for 200 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft for use in the U.S. and U.K.

A week later, Eve announced another order for 50 aircraft from Helisul Aviation, which aims to use them for UAM operations in Brazil. Deliveries to both Halo and Helisul are expected to begin in 2026, pending certification of the aircraft.

Both Eve and Skyports have been increasing their presence in the Asia-Pacific region in the lead up to the June 21 announcement. Eve on June 13 announced a collaboration with Singapore-based flight booking service Ascent, bolstering their launch capability in Ascent’s existing markets in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Skyports has similarly partnered with Japanese trading company Kanematsu Corporation to facilitate the deployment and operation of permanent and sustainable advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions in Japan, and with South Korea’s Hanwha Systems on other AAM projects.  In 2019, Skyports collaborated with German eVTOL developer Volocopter to demonstrate a prototype “VoloPort” in Singapore.

“We are thrilled to have Skyports in this journey to develop UAM solutions in Asia and the Americas,” said André Stein, president and CEO of Eve. “[It is] bringing us a step closer in providing commuters and travelers with an entirely new, zero-emission experience.”

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