By Chris Stonor
Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions and Helipass announced this week a collaboration to accelerate and deploy eVTOL or EVA (electrical vertical aircraft) across France and Europe, reports a press release.
The partnership aims to fly Eve’s aircraft for a total of 50,000 flight hours per year. This could lead to an optional increase of 100,000 annual flight hours across Helipass’ network.
The release says, “Helipass plans to open digital bookings on its platform to offer an innovative and seamless user experience to customers throughout its network.” And goes on, “To support the expansion of this partnership, Eve will work with Helipass to develop training, on-site support, and technical publications to facilitate the launch of EVA commercial operations.”
Following the commercial introduction of the EVA that is planned for 2026, both companies aim to launch Eve’s aircraft across Helipass’ markets. These flights will include sightseeing, city and airport transfers, as well as a growing on-demand service.
Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve, commented, “We are very happy about bringing Helipass to our family of partners, increasing the global reach of our solutions to the UAM market. Europe is not only ripe for new mobility solutions, but also very focused on ensuring a more sustainable future, which is very much in line with Eve’s vision.”
Frederic Aguettant, CEO of Helipass, said, “This new aircraft will transform our sightseeing activity with less noise and zero-emission on all our destinations for sustainable flights. The airport transfer activity will also become sustainable and open to everybody as a real mobility solution.” Adding, “Helipass, the air mobility platform with 600 destinations and 120 helicopter operators is opening the way for a better future.”
Both parties will look into growing the service beyond this agreement to include additional use cases, as well as the requisite services needed to support the scalability of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) products in Helipass’ core markets.
Helipass is Paris-based and specialises in serving the helicopter industry for tourism and general air mobility. With more than 700 worldwide destinations and 120 companies engaged, over 72,000 people have flown in its helicopters. The transition to eVTOL is the next step and Helipass is developing new routes for the airport to city service. The company is preparing to offer eVTOL flights during the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.
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