Embraer’s Eve and Ascent further partnership with commitment to bring UAM operations to the Asia Pacific region
Melbourne, Florida, August 23, 2021 – Eve Urban Air Mobility, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer company, and Ascent Flights Global Ltd. (“Ascent”) today announced a deepening of their partnership aimed at developing a robust Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem. Beginning in 2026, Eve will provide Ascent with up to 100,000 hours of flight time per year on its electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also known in the market as EVA (Electrical Vertical Aircraft), for use in key cities across Asia Pacific including Bangkok (Thailand), Manila (Philippines), Melbourne (Australia), Singapore, and Tokyo (Japan), . Further expansion of Ascent in Europe may include cities such as Lisbon (Portugal) and Madrid (Spain).
Backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of aircraft manufacturing and certification expertise, Eve unveils a unique value proposition by offering a comprehensive suite of UAM products and services. Eve’s zero-emission and low noise EVA represents a simple and intuitive design that continues to reach development milestones. The first flight of the engineering simulator happened in July 2020, while a proof of concept (POC) followed in October 2020. In parallel, Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) project reached a new milestone in its collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to develop a scalable environment needed to host UAM flights.
“Ascent is one of the greatest players of Urban Air Mobility in Asia Pacific. Its strong presence in the region makes it an ideal partner for Eve’s operations in Asia. The region holds a massive demand for transportation disruption. This high demand, together with low-emission aircraft, is the right recipe for sustainable growth,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve.
Eve plans to deploy up to 100 aircraft to be marketed by Ascent on its current and future routes. Ascent, which acts as an independent on-demand platform, will pay for flight time utilized on Eve’s aircraft while operating in combination with partners in Asia Pacific and other markets. This new agreement is part of Eve´s comprehensive UAM strategy to position the company as a leader in the industry. The deployment of Eve aircraft across the Ascent network is subject to the parties entering into definitive final agreements.
“Eve’s innovative technology, combined with its manufacturing expertise and global servicing footprint through Embraer, comfort us in bringing a solution fitting the region’s complex requirements. With Ascent operating system onboarding Eve’s fleet and connected to Eve’s UTM, air operator partners will be empowered to elevate UAM operations at scale,” highlighted Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, Founder & CEO of Ascent.
Ascent is a Singapore based startup powering Air Mobility in Asia. Technology and experience driven, Ascent is a Global Air Mobility Platform that integrates ecosystems and runs operations such as air taxi, touristic, cargo and medical services, within urban areas and across regions. Ascent ambitions to democratize Air Mobility, as a convenient, reliable and sustainable mode of mobility that addresses congestion, connectivity, environmental sustainability and health issues generated by rapid urbanization and the pandemic. Ascent is operational in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Chile and the United Arab Emirates. Awaiting all-electric aircraft such as eVTOLs, Ascent makes use of helicopters and planes today.
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Eve is a new, independent company dedicated to accelerating the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem. Benefitting from a startup mindset, backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of aerospace expertise, its singular focus takes a comprehensive approach to the UAM industry by providing a holistic ecosystem. Its advanced electric vertical aircraft (EVA), coupled to its comprehensive global services and support network, and a unique air traffic management solution makes it a serious contender in this space. Eve is the first company to graduate from EmbraerX. For more information, visit www.eveairmobility.com.
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A global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil, Embraer has businesses in Commercial and Executive Aviation, Defense & Security, and Agricultural Aviation. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing Services and Support to customer after-sales.
Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average, about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.
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