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Airbus and ITA Airways are working together to bring urban air mobility (UAM) to Italy. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding that would see the partners work to garner additional partners to help launch Airbus’ CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft in the region, as well as identify pilot cases and address public acceptance by discussing the value that UAM could bring to communities.
“This agreement is testimony to the strong relationship between Airbus and ITA Airways,” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus. “It is an opportunity to leverage our shared ambition — pioneering sustainable aerospace — and advance new air mobility solutions for zero-emission vertical flight in support of our cities and communities later this decade.”
ITA Airways is an Italian flag carrier airline, created in 2021 with sustainability as one of the pillars in its business plan. The airline recently purchased 28 aircraft from Airbus, which includes seven A220s, 11 A320neos, and 10 A330neos. The A350 will also join the company’s fleet this summer.
Airbus said it has been exploring electric propulsion technology for its aircraft since 2014, and in September 2021, the company unveiled the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft.
Is this Evtol self contained and drives itself. How soon until it is actually a viable vehicle. Thank you.
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