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December 2, 2023
An electric aerial vehicle (EAV) maker and a low-cost airline in Saudi Arabia are exploring the launch of service in 2026.
Flynas currently has 60 aircraft and operates more than 1,500 weekly flights to domestic and international destinations.
“This partnership represents not only a milestone in our shared vision for sustainable air travel but also a commitment to shaping a more efficient, eco-friendly and accessible transportation landscape,” said Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve. “We look forward to embarking on this groundbreaking journey with Flynas as we join forces to advance the future of air mobility in Saudi Arabia.”
Eve appears to be growing its arrangements with low-cost carriers.
Eve Air is backed by Embraer and Jeju Air is the largest low-cost airline in Korea.
A white paper by the two companies details the operational and commercial business case of establishing UAM (urban air mobility) services in Jeju Island.
South Korea already had been laying the groundwork for urban air mobility.
Eve has been working with cities, countries and regulatory authorities to establish concepts of operations in the U.S., Brazil and 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.
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.
Other companies also are targeting India for EAV services.
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, a New York Times Business Bestselling author, futurist and columnist, 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 is titled "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis). He also is the author of "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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