With a requirement for improved transport services within major cities, between islands and to improve tourist attractions, Indonesia is a ket potential market for eVTOL manufacturers.
EHang is an early incumbent. In April 2022 EHang announced it had received a pre-order for 100 units of EH216s from Prestige Aviation, an Indonesian aviation company and a subsidiary of Prestige Corp.
The company says: “It’s the largest pre-order EHang has received so far for its passenger-grade AAVs in Asia. Prestige Aviation previously purchased one unit of EH216 from EHang, and the two parties jointly conducted a debut flight demonstration for aerial sightseeing in Bali, Indonesia in 2021.”
According to Bambang Soesatyo, Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly Republic Indonesia, attended the signing ceremony at the Indonesia International Motor Show 2022 (IIMS 2022) where the order was announced: “…Coming next, we hope to explore more possibilities to facilitate the implementation of UAM in Indonesia, and to seek breakthroughs in infrastructure, airworthiness certification, and other related fields.”
EHang has demonstrated its 216 in Bali, Indonesia, in cooperation with Prestige. Prior to the flight demo, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Indonesia issued the Special Certificate of Airworthiness for the EHang 216 AAV, enabling it to be the Indonesia’s first passenger-grade AAV approved for a public unmanned flight demo.