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The five-year Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang (LTSAAS) Regeneration plan has outlined plans for the deployment of electric air taxi services at LTSAAS as well as other locations throughout Malaysia.

As part of the plan in July 2021 Malaysia Airports signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Skyports and Volocopter to conduct a feasibility study examining suitable vertiport solutions for eVTOL aircraft including demand, customer flow, and how to integrate UAM operations.

A year later Skyports and AirAsia’s Advanced Air Mobility, a dedicated unit of AirAsia Aviation Group Limited, announced they had signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to explore the development of air taxi infrastructure in Malaysia.

In a press release Skyports said:“Already a global leading brand in the commercial airline industry, AirAsia is also actively involved in the operationalisation of AAM in Malaysia. In the past year alone, the company announced future plans to lease 100 Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon, launched its drone training programme, and most recently, extended drone-related training to the high-technology related sectors.

Air Asia is not the only Malaysian company to order eVTOLs. In March 2020, EHang announced a pre-order of 50 EH216 and 10 VT-30 AAVs from Malaysia’s Aerotree Flight Services, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s aviation company Aerotree Group. This strategic partnership will also jointly develop UAM business in Malaysia including maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) and training.

The Aerotree pre-order is the largest for EHang’s AAVs in Malaysia which includes the EH216-S, EH216-L and EH216-F, as well as the VT-30, EHang’s long-range eVTOL. Prior to this, Aerotree had purchased one unit of the EH216-S. Huazhi Hu, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang, said, “Our comprehensive AAV products and solutions are well suited to a variety of intracity and intercity UAM use cases in Malaysia, such as passenger transportation, aerial sightseeing, aerial firefighting and aerial logistics.”

Sources:
www.urbanairmobilitynews.com/business-partnerships/airasia-and-skyports-secure-partnership-to-explore-air-taxi-vertiport-development-in-malaysia

www.youtube.com/user/volocopter

www.volocopter.com

www.ehang.com

aerotree.com.my