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Eve, Ascent to develop UAM in Asia Pacific


August 25, 2021
By Naomi Szeben

Eve Urban Air Mobility, an Embraer company, and Ascent Flights Global Ltd. announced developing their partnership to create a robust Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in the Asia Pacific region.

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 such as Bangkok (Thailand), Manila (Philippines), Melbourne (Australia), Singapore, and Tokyo (Japan).

Backed by Embraer, Eve unveils a unique value proposition by offering a suite of UAM products and services. Eve’s zero-emission and low noise EVA continues to reach development milestones; Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) project recently collaborated 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 the Asia Pacific and its strong presence in the region makes it an ideal partner for Eve’s operations. The region holds a massive demand for transportation disruption that can be filled with our low-emission aircraft. This is the right recipe for sustainable growth,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve, in a statement.

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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 the 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.

“With Ascent operating system onboarding Eve’s fleet and connected to Eve’s UATM, air operator partners will be empowered to elevate UAM operations at scale,” highlighted Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, Founder & CEO of Ascent.