Eve receives pre-order for 90 eVTOL aircraft for Australia

Avatar for eVTOLBy eVTOL | February 18, 2022

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Eve Air Mobility has closed on deals that include a potential pre-order of up to 90 of its eVTOL aircraft. The urban air mobility (UAM) company announced its partnership with Australian operators Microflite, Aviair, and HeliSpirit at the Singapore Airshow earlier this week.

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At the Singapore Airshow, Eve Air Mobility announced partnerships with Microflite, Aviair, and HeliSpirit that include potential pre-orders for up to 90 eVTOL aircraft. Eve Air Mobility Image

The partnership with Microflite will see an initial order of up to 40 eVTOLs to service Australia in 2026. The companies said they plan to use Microflite’s existing helicopters to test out their UAM services in preparation for eVTOL operations.

“After working closely with Eve over the past few months, we have identified a network of potential routes, and we look forward to working with commercial partners and communities to prioritize these routes and trial selected operations with our existing fleet,” said Jonathan Booth, CEO of Microflite, in a press release.

Microflite uses its fleet of helicopters to service premium tours, charter flights, pilot training, and emergency services.

Meanwhile, Eve said Aviair and HeliSpirit, which are part of HM Consolidated group, are contemplating an order of up to 50 eVTOLs that would join the group’s existing fleet of more than 50 rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.

Aviair and HeliSpirit operate aircraft that service some of Western Australia’s iconic tourist attractions in the Kimberley, South-West, and Greater Perth regions.

“Eve’s eVTOL technology is well-aligned with our business model and desire to be at the forefront of carbon-neutral solutions for the aviation industry,” said Michael McConachy, managing director of Aviair and HeliSpirit.

He said the aircraft’s low-noise footprint make it suitable for operations in sensitive natural settings, including national parks, heritage sites, and urban routes.

Yesterday, Eve also announced a partnership with Skyports to develop a concept of operations (CONOPS) for advanced air mobility for the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).

“We are excited about partnering with Skyports on this new project that will introduce sustainable advanced air mobility to Japan,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve, in a press release. “Our collaborations have successfully designed distinct and optimized mobility ecosystems across the world, and we look forward to using this experience to help JCAB establish the CONOPS for Japan.”

Backed by Embraer, Eve is developing an eVTOL that can carry a pilot and up to four passengers. The company is targeting a range of up to 60 miles (96 kilometers), and a cruise speed of up to 125 miles per hour (201 kilometers per hour).

Earlier this month, Eve announced that it had formalized the process to obtain type certification with the Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), which it hopes to receive in late 2025.

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