Flying Taxi Service Planned for Miami, South Florida

The Florida flights are intended to help commuters navigate short distances and avoid traffic congestion

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

December 12, 2023

3 Min Read
Eve Air Mobility

An electric aerial vehicle (EAV) maker and a Miami-based airline company plan to launch eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) commuter flights throughout South Florida.

Embraer-backed Eve Air Mobility and UrbanX Air in Miami plan to establish the framework for launching electric aerial vehicle (EAV) flights by 2026.

GlobalX agreed to purchase 200 eVTOLs from Eve Air in 2022 and established UrbanX as a wholly-owned subsidiary of GlobalX. 

“Urban air mobility has the capacity to transform the way people move throughout the Miami metropolitan area, and we are proud to lead the way to bring this technology to the region and ensure it benefits our entire community,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of UrbanX.

The Florida flights are intended to help commuters navigate short distances and avoid traffic congestion and improve travel times. 

Travel times by road in Miami can be challenging due to delays caused by the frequent opening of numerous draw bridges as boats navigate through the many channels.

The first 10 Eve eVTOLs are expected to be delivered in 2026.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with the team at UrbanX to bring eVTOL operations to Miami-Dade County,” said Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve Air Mobility. “By leveraging the latest aviation technology and providing an exceptional customer experience, UrbanX will be well positioned to change the way people commute and travel in South Florida.”

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The electric flying service in Florida is subject to approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation.

Eve Air and Flynas, a low-cost airline in Saudi Arabia, recently agreed to jointly explore starting eVTOL services in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Flynas has 60 aircraft and operates more than 1,500 weekly flights to domestic and international destinations.

Eve appears to be growing its arrangements with low-cost carriers.

Eve Air and Korean airline Jeju Air, the largest low-cost airline in Korea, recently created the concept for EAV vehicles on Jeju Island.

South Korea already had been laying the groundwork for urban air mobility. 

Eve also has been working with cities, countries and regulatory authorities to establish concepts of operations in the U.S., Brazil and the U.K. 

Eve Air and Hunch Mobility, a joint venture between Hunch Ventures and Blade Air Mobility, already were working together to make Bangalore the launch city for urban air mobility in Bangalore, India.

The Eve EAV vehicle is all electric with a range of 60 miles with plans to eventually make the vehicle self-flying.

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Eve Air recently signed a deal with DHL Supply Chain to study the supply chain characteristics for Eve’s eVTOL vehicle operations.

Eve’s backlog orders of its EAV totals 2,850 flying vehicles, according to the company.

The company also has created urban air traffic management software with its first eVTOL deliveries and entry into service expected in early 2026.

Eve has agreements for its four-passenger EAV to fly in numerous countries in addition to Brazil.

Eve Air is not alone in establishing a global presence.

For example, Archer Aviation and InterGlobe Enterprises recently signed a deal to launch an air taxi service in India in 2026, including the purchase of up to 200 of the Archer Midnight aircraft.

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Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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