UAE-based helicopter and business jet operator Falcon Aviation plans to launch eVTOL air taxi services from luxury resort Atlantis the Palm in Dubai starting in 2026. Under a partnership with Eve Urban Air Mobility announced on June 7, the company signed a letter of intent to buy 35 of the manufacturer’s planned four-passenger eVTOL aircraft.
Falcon believes that its track record as a launch operator for several new helicopter types makes it well qualified to be an early adopter of eVTOL vehicles. According to chief operating officer Raman Oberoi, Eve—which is majority-owned by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer following a recent initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange—approached Falcon with the proposal to launch services in the Gulf region.
“We were the launch customer for Leonardo on the AW-189 and AW-169 [helicopters],” Oberoi explained. “We are also talking to Leonardo on a new project, the AW09. We are also going to be the launch customer for that product. When Leonardo wants to launch a new product, they come to us. They depend a lot on our inputs because we know the industry very well.”
Eve, which says it is preparing to fly a full-scale prototype of its eVTOL model, is targeting type certification in 2025. Oberoi told FutureFlight that Falcon will be ready to take the aircraft as early as 2024.
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