Friday, February 23, 2024

Eve and Halo partner to develop urban air mobility products and services

Eve Urban Air Mobility and Halo announced a partnership to develop Urban Air Mobility (UAM) products and services in the United States and the United Kingdom. The partnership includes an order for 200 units of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) aircraft, with deliveries, are scheduled to begin in 2026.

In a press release, Eve highlights that this order represents one of the largest in the urban air mobility industry and positions Halo as Eve’s launch partner in both the U.S. and U.K. markets. Eve is an independent company created by Embraer to accelerate the development of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem around the world.

Under the agreement, Halo, a leading premium helicopter travel provider in the U.S. and U.K. and the first global vertical lift provider, will work with Eve to develop a new eVTOL operation in both countries.

We believe Eve has designed an aircraft that is well-prepared for not only initial certification but also has a proven track record of production,said Kenneth C. Ricci, Principal of Directional Aviation, the investment fund of which Halo is part of. “The outstanding lineage of aircraft design, certification, and production that Embraer brings to this aircraft positions Eve with significant advantages in the competitive landscape. And our background as operators has taught us that product support is absolutely vital to the overall success of new programs.

We are confident that this mutually beneficial relationship will have a positive impact for many future users and enable both companies to grow their businesses exponentially,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve Urban Air Mobility.

This collaboration, the first international partnership between eVTOL operators of its kind, will benefit from the work that Eve has already invested in the U.K. market as the leader of a consortium that is solving the regulatory and operational issues to bring eVTOL operations to London. In collaboration with the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s “innovation sandbox” program, Eve and Halo’s partnership will be one of the first operators to build upon this exciting work and continue to develop London as a viable and attractive market for UAM operations.

In addition to the initial orders and collaboration on the development of a new eVTOL operation, Eve and Halo will also partner on the continued development of Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management system as well as the fleet operations and services product offerings that Eve offers as an ecosystem integrator for UAM operations.

According to the manufacturer, Eve’s human-centered, eVTOL design represents a simple and intuitive design that continues to reach development milestones, including the first flight of the engineering simulator in July 2020 and proof of concept in October 2020.