Eve, a company dedicated to Urban Air Mobility owned by Embraer, announced yet another agreement for its eVTOL (Electric Take-off and Vertical Landing Vehicles) aircraft project. The new partnership was closed with the American company Blade Air Mobility.
Under the agreed terms, Eve will provide 60,000 flight hours per year on the eVTOL model for the Blade starting in 2026. The company estimates that up to 60 third-party aircraft will be used for this task. Blade will offer air mobility service in Southern Florida and West Coast markets.
“Blade is aligned with our mission as they have created a platform that provides the user seamless access to Urban Air Mobility, and now with Eve to provide an experience that is quiet and without emissions. The company’s platform will be instrumental in deploying our aircraft in key markets in South Florida and the West Coast of the United States. This partnership with Blade is the next step in unlocking the future of mobility in these key areas and marks an exciting time for both companies,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve.
“Blade is pleased to partner with Eve, leveraging Embraer’s deep aerospace expertise to provide Blade with quiet, zero-carbon, electric aircraft,” said Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade. “Eve’s aircraft provides ideal operating economics for Blade’s shorter distance routes, adding to our three other recently announced EVA partnerships which, together, can optimize service for Blade’s wide variety of mission profiles and regional hubs.”
In addition, Eve has been working together with UK CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to develop the Urban Air Traffic Management project, which will create the necessary conditions to operate flights with this new type of aircraft.
The Brazilian eVTOL development program reached important milestones in 2020, with the first flight of the engineering simulator in July 2020 and the scale model in October.
Weeks ago, Eve closed two deals to sell its air vehicle to Halo and Helisul companies, totaling 250 units.