By Chris Stonor
Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions and Blade Air Mobility announced this week “an arrangement” for Eve to provide Blade up to an annual 60,000 hours of flight time on its eVTOL aircraft, reports a company press release. This partnership begins in 2026 and covers the areas of Southern Florida and the West Coast, “subject to certain considerations.”
Backed by Embraer, Eve’s zero-emission and low noise electrical vertical aircraft (EVA) continues to achieve development milestones, including the first flight of the engineering simulator in July 2020, and a proof of concept three months later.
In parallel, Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management project reached a new milestone in its collaboration with the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to develop an environment needed to host UAM flights.
Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve, commented, “Blade has created a platform that provides the user easy access to Urban Air Mobility, and now alongside Eve, an experience that is quiet and without emissions.” He continued, “This partnership with Blade is the next step in unlocking the future of mobility in these key areas and marks an exciting time for both companies.”
Eve aims to deploy, together with local partners, up to 60 aircraft for Blade’s use throughout the U.S. Blade will pay for flight time utilised on Eve’s eVTOL which will be made available by Eve and other third-parties. The deployment of Eve aircraft across the Blade network is subject to the parties entering into definitive final agreements.
Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade, said, “Blade is pleased to partner with Eve, leveraging Embraer’s deep aerospace expertise to provide Blade with quiet, zero-carbon, electric aircraft.”
He continued, “Eve’s aircraft provides ideal operating economics for Blade’s shorter distance routes, adding to our three other recently announced EVA partnerships which, together, can optimize service for Blade’s wide variety of mission profiles and regional hubs.”
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