Embraer’s Eve urban air mobility (UAM) unit announced it has signed multiple deals with clients for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Eve and Azorra, a longstanding partner and lessor of Embraer aircraft, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for Azorra to order up to 200 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft. This collaboration, in addition to an investor partnership announced earlier, confirms Azorra and Eve’s joint commitment to provide accessible transportation and infrastructure solutions for early adopters of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry.
Eve’s strategic partnership with Azorra will focus on establishing a base of operators that plan for scheduled UAM missions and help to establish the requisite infrastructure needed to enable eVTOL flights around the world.
Azorra’s seasoned management team and relationship-driven business model provides the ideal platform to collaborate with Eve to support customer needs and develop leasing solutions. “Azorra is excited to partner with Eve and be on the forefront of the eVTOL revolution. The practicality of Eve’s design, coupled with Embraer’s 50+ year proven track record of developing safe and reliable aircraft will position Eve well for a successful product launch,” said Ron Baur, president of Azorra.
In addition to Azorra’s order for up to 200 aircraft, the LOI creates an opportunity for both teams, together with future UAM operators, to propose new procedures and frameworks to enable the entire Urban Air Mobility ecosystem to complement Eve’s agnostic product and service portfolio.
Republic Airways announces partnership
Eve announced that Republic Airways Holdings Inc has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent for Republic to purchase up to 200 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft and to explore additional opportunities within its subsidiaries, such as LIFT Academy, that are focused on workforce development initiatives and the future of air travel. The strategic relationship will focus on developing a deployment network throughout the Central and East Coast markets of the United States, with an initial focus on the Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. markets.
In preparation for the first UAM flights with Eve’s aircraft, the companies have agreed to establish a working group that will study the requirements of future AOCs (Airline Operating Certificates) where Eve’s aircraft can be deployed in specific markets and missions. This same working group will also examine the feasibility of additional services from other types of urban air vehicles, which could further expand access into new markets.
“Republic’s commitment to provide sustainable aviation solutions to our codeshare partners, American, Delta and United, relies on continued investments in both workforce development and emerging clean technologies. The strategic relationship with Eve builds upon decades of a successful relationship with Embraer that has expanded access to regional airports across the country, and we believe Eve’s UAM platform could play a critical role in our future workforce development initiatives,” said Bryan Bedford, president and CEO of Republic Airways.
Eve and SkyWest announce deal for 100 eVTOL aircraft
Eve announced that SkyWest has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and non-binding Letter of Intent for SkyWest to purchase 100 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL). The partnership will focus on developing a network of deployment throughout the United States. SkyWest and Eve have also committed to develop a portfolio of services-based capabilities to optimise eVTOL performance in key early adopter cities that will be prioritised for initial Urban Air Mobility operations. To support this effort, SkyWest and Eve plan to dedicate a team to focus on vehicle design, vertiport specifications, and the certification roadmap for eVTOL operations.
SkyWest has been an Embraer partner since 1986, bringing together the world’s largest regional airline operator and the world’s leading regional aircraft manufacturer. SkyWest, which operates Embraer’s commercial aircraft for major airline operators, chose Eve as its Urban Air Mobility partner due to its long record for certifying trusted aircraft for over 52 years. In addition to SkyWest’s LOI for 100 aircraft, both companies have agreed to form a working group to jointly evaluate the utilisation of Eve’s next generation air traffic management and fleet operating solutions as the Urban Air Mobility industry prepares to scale over the next decade.
“We are pleased to partner with Eve to launch this revolutionary product as we further our commitment to sustainability,” said Chip Childs, SkyWest president and CEO. “We believe Eve’s 100 percent electric eVTOL aircraft will provide the benefits of zero carbon emissions, enhanced urban quality of life, and increased connectivity. Together through this partnership, Eve, Embraer, and SkyWest will help propel sustainable aviation forward.”