Austrian Ministry of Defense selects the C-390 Millennium as its new military transport aircraft
Embraer and FlightSafety announce new Praetor full-flight simulator in Europe and open new location in the United States
Embraer participates at GADLEX 2023
Embraer and CAE strengthen ties to expand global E-Jet E2 training network
Embraer Defense & Security holds C-390 Millennium Day in India
Discovering unkown trivia from the history of Poland's national carrier. Interview with the son of LOT Polish Airlines' former CEO
Embraer and the Brazilian Army successfully complete first test of M200 Vigilante radar
Embraer E195-E2 Granted Type Certification in China
DOT records three-digit growth in inbound air traffic
Registration Deadline Announced for AeroOne
Embraer brings Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 to LABACE 2023 in São Paulo
Embraer returns to the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) 2023 from August 8 to 10 in São Paulo. The company will showcase the Phenom 300E, the world’s best-selling light jet for 11 consecutive years, and the Praetor 600, the most disruptive and technologically advanced super-midsize jet, at the Congonhas Airport. Media tours of static display aircraft are scheduled on Wednesday (August 9) and Thursday (August 10) from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (before the show opens). Heading into the Latin American tradeshow, Embraer continues its momentum with strong demand for its executive jets portfolio resulting in a backlog into 2025. In addition to strong sales and continued growth, the company continues ramping up sustainability efforts to reach ESG goals, including carbon neutrality in operations by 2040, net-zero aviation emissions by 2050, and 100% renewable energy sources by 2030. The company has continued to increase its use of SAF, including at its headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, while investing in the development of low-to-zero emission alternative propulsion technologies, such as electrification, hybrid electric, and hydrogen. In addition, the company’s Sorocaba Services Center (São Paulo state) was recognized as the best FBO in Brazil, according to the FBO 2023 Survey conducted by Aviation International News (AIN). The FBO, which is a center of excellence in aircraft support, has held the survey’s top spot for five consecutive years. The facilities offer world-class services for Embraer’s customers in a one-stop shop, accredited by the FAA, EASA, and ANAC. Embraer Services & Support has also been consistently top-ranked in AIN’s Product Support Survey, as well as ProPilot’s Corporate Aircraft Product Support Survey.
MCIA, Recognized for its Global Standard Customer Service
The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) secured the Airport Customer Experience Accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI World), making it the first and only airport in the Philippines. This recognition has more significance as it is from the prominent global aviation body. ACI, Airport Council International is a non-profit organization, whose prime purpose is to advance the interests of airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations. It serves 1925 airports in 171 countries. Airport Customer Experience Accreditation program was launched in 2019 to encourage and help airports assess and improve their customer service and experience approach. “Mactan-Cebu International Airport has been constantly striving to improve customer experience by making check-in process smooth and adding a wider range of restaurants and shopping options at the airport. This “first-in-the-Philippines” accreditation is our pride and recognition for the efforts made by all of us” Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said. Being the second largest airport in the country, MCIA serves over 11 million foreign and local travelers every year and a total of 25 airlines operate 25 domestic and 36 international routes. MCIA was also recognized by ACI in 2021, receiving the Airport Health Accreditation, highlighting passenger and personnel health and safety.
Embraer deliveries increase 47% in 2Q23 totaling 17 Commercial and 30 Executive Jets
Embraer (NYSE: ERJ; B3: EMBR3) delivered a total of 47 jets in the second quarter of 2023, of which 17 were commercial aircraft and 30 were executive jets (19 light jets and 11 midsize jets). During the year, the company delivered a total of 62 aircraft (24 commercial and 38 executive). The second quarter deliveries were 47% higher than in the same period from 2022. In the first half of 2023, the volume has increased 35% compared to 2022, when 46 jets have been delivered. Compared to the second quarter of 2022, deliveries volume increased by 55% in Commercial Aviation and 43% in Executive Jets. The firm order backlog ended the period at US$ 17.3 billion. In Commercial Aviation, American Airlines signed a firm order with Embraer for seven new E175s. The aircraft will be operated by the subsidiary Envoy Air. With deliveries to begin 4Q23, Envoy’s fleet of E-Jets will grow to over 141 aircraft by the end of 2024. Embraer also received a firm order from Binter for six E195-E2s, which will bring Binter’s E2 fleet to 16 jets when deliveries are completed. This order will be included in Embraer’s backlog once all contractual contingencies are cleared. Malaysia’s SKS Airways closed an agreement to add ten E195-E2 jets to its fleet. In addition, SKS joined the Pool Program to support aircraft to be operated in Southeast Asia. Scoot, a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is also adding nine E190-E2s to its portfolio. And Royal Jordanian Airlines reached an agreement to introduce eight E190-E2 and E195-E2 jets into its operations, with deliveries starting in the 4Q23. All three agreements involved contracts with the leasing company Azorra. Four E175s began to operate with Star Air, an Indian airline that already operates E-Jets. Star Air has also extended its Pool Program contract to include the E175s in its fleet. In addition to Star Air and SKS Airways, Embraer Services & Support signed Pool Program contract extensions with Rex Group (Australia) and Amelia (France). Another highlight of the quarter for the business unit was the announcement of 20 E-Jets P2F for the Lanzhou Group. This is the first Embraer P2F agreement in China. In Executive Aviation, NetJets signed a contract with Embraer for the acquisition of up to 250 Praetor 500 jet options. The deal is valued at more than US$ 5 billion, and deliveries are expected to begin in 2025. For Embraer Defense & Security, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Saab to position the C-390 Millennium as the preferred solution for the tactical air transport requirements of the Swedish Air Force and in the search for opportunities for potential Gripen customers in Latin America.
SWISS to offer free internet chat on all its long-haul flights
SWISS customers will newly enjoy free use of the internet for chat services such as WhatsApp on all long-haul flights from next Wednesday 2 August 2023 onwards. The new facility will be available in all classes of travel, throughout the flight and with no data limit. Passengers wishing to use further internet functions such as surfing, email or social media can choose from two optional additional packages which are available from CHF 25. Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will be providing all its long-haul flights with a new free internet service enabling the use of chat apps from next Wednesday 2 August 2023. The new facility will allow passengers in all classes of travel to send and receive free text and picture messages via their smartphone, laptop or tablet throughout their flight. The facility will offer access to all the most popular chat and messenger services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Telegram. SWISS travellers will also be able to use the internet aloft to surf, send and receive emails or visit social media platforms by opting for one of two supplementary internet packages: ‘Wi-Fi 4 Hours’, which offers four hours of access for CHF 25, or the CHF 35 ‘Wi-Fi Premium’, which provides such access throughout the flight. Travellers in First Class and HON Circle Members enjoy unlimited internet access throughout their time aloft. “In offering these new wi-fi options we’re taking a big step forward,” says SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour. “With our new unlimited free chat facility in all our travel classes, our guests can keep in contact with their families, friends and business partners throughout their flight. Our attractive new packages for surfing, email and social media also offer unlimited data volumes. So our customers now have even more choice in how they wish to stay in unbounded touch with the world while they are aboard our long-haul flights.” Unlimited data volumes All the new services – the free chat option and the supplementary Wi-Fi 4 Hours and Wi-Fi Premium packages – offer unlimited data volumes, enabling even data-heavy content to be easily consumed. Only video streaming services will be deactivated, to ensure that adequate bandwidth is simultaneously available for as many passengers as possible. Videos on social media platforms will be playable, however, and audio streaming, cloud services and VPN services will all be offered. All travellers will also be able to read the digital SWISS Magazine on their device at any time, even without activated internet access. Furthermore, passengers can already register for the ‘Travel ID’ and ‘Miles & More’ today to access the new internet service easily and directly in the future and to benefit from various advantages during their journey.
Embraer E190-E2 and E195-E2 awarded type certification by Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia
Embraer’s E-Jets E2 family of commercial jets, the E190-E2 and E195-E2, has received Type Certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM). This significant milestone comes after Malaysia’s SKS Airways announced its selection of 10 E195-E2s at LIMA’23 to drive its growth plans for the region. The E190-E2 and E195-E2 were certified by three key civil aviation authorities - the FAA (USA), EASA (Europe) and ANAC (Brazil) in 2018 and 2019 respectively. "Following our comprehensive assessment, CAAM is pleased to grant the type certification validation to Embraer’s E195-E2 and E190-E2 aircraft. We value Embraer’s spirit of collaboration towards our goal of instilling safety culture to ensure the highest level of safety, security and efficiency in Malaysian aviation industry,” said Captain Norazman Bin Mahmud, CEO of the Civil Authority of Malaysia. “CAAM’s certification of the E2 is great news for Embraer and the industry”, said Martyn Holmes, CCO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “It lays the foundation for the entry into service of the E195-E2 in Malaysia in 2024. The E2 is the ideal family of aircraft to complement larger aircraft and grow regional connectivity within Malaysia and beyond, while delivering ultimate performance in terms of the lowest fuel burn, smallest noise footprint and outstanding passenger comfort.” In its recent Malaysian network analysis, Embraer identified significant opportunities for airlines in the country to establish up to 120 new routes within Malaysia and the ASEAN region by deploying the latest technology regional jets, such as the E2, that deliver the greatest fuel burn reductions and lowest costs, while opening up new routes profitably. “With its remarkable efficiency and economics, Embraer's E2 family of aircraft is reshaping the landscape of regional aviation in Asia Pacific,” said Raul Villaron, VP Sales & Marketing, Head of Region Asia Pacific, Commercial Aviation. “It is a compelling solution that enables airlines to broaden their network and establish unique routes in the region.” Embraer has close to 20 operators in Asia Pacific collectively operating around 200 E-Jets in the region. The E190-E2 and the E195-E2 were designed using the 20 million hours of experience the first generation of E-Jets accrued, ensuring that the E2 aircraft are modern and advanced, yet retain the maturity and reliability of the previous generation aircraft. The first-generation of E-Jets is one of the most successful commercial programs in the industry and continues to operate worldwide with more than 80 airlines across 50 countries.
Eve Air Mobility and Embraer Announce First eVTOL Production Location in Brazil
Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) and Embraer (B3: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ) announced today that the first electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) production facility will be located in the city of Taubaté, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Subject to the final authorities’ approval, the manufacturing plant will be situated on a designated portion of land within Embraer’s existing unit in the city that will be expanded. The site benefits from a strategic logistical location, offering easy access via two highways and close proximity to a railroad. Another significant advantage is the region's proximity to Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos and Eve's engineering and human resources team, which will facilitate the development and sustainability of new production processes, enhancing Eve’s agility and competitiveness. “When we began our search for a manufacturing location to build our eVTOL, we wanted to reimagine how the aircraft could be built using the latest technology and manufacturing processes, coupled with other aspects such as supply chain and logistics,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve. “Our objective is to offer safe and reliable products and services to the market and be highly competitive in manufacturing efficiency. The team was tasked with the opportunity to design an optimized assembly line that prioritizes safety, quality, efficiency, productivity and sustainability.” “This decision is aligned with our growth strategy plan, which is driven by innovation and sustainability,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, President & CEO at Embraer. “We believe in the enormous potential of the global Urban Air Mobility market, and we reinforce our commitment to Eve as one of the major players in this industry.” In May 2022, Eve announced a partnership with Porsche Consulting to define Eve’s eVTOL global manufacturing, supply chain and logistics macro strategy. The two companies have since worked together to research advanced manufacturing and innovation concepts and used their combined aeronautical and automotive expertise to design a concept of industrialization for eVTOL aircraft based on high safety, quality, efficiency and customer focus. “We are focused on achieving the highest quality standards in eVTOL manufacturing through increased knowledge and consideration of an innovative approach. Following extensive research on advanced manufacturing and innovation concepts for over a year, we are now prepared to establish our initial factory for eVTOL production. With confidence in our capabilities, we are equipped to efficiently scale the production volume sustainably to meet the demands of a growing market,” added Alice Altissimo, Vice President of Program Management and Operation at Eve. Eve continues to progress in developing its eVTOL. The company also focuses on creating a comprehensive portfolio of agnostic solutions, including a unique Urban Air Traffic Management (Urban ATM) software to optimize and scale Urban Air Mobility operations worldwide.
AVIATIZE AT OSHKOSH, SIGNS 5 US FLYING SCHOOLS FOR ALL-IN-ONE MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
AVIATIZE, the All-in-One Software Platform for General Aviation announced today that five US operators signed on to the AVIATIZE Suite following the opening of their new US office. The AVIATIZE suite is a unique product for general aviation. The customizable all-in-one system for flight schools, maintenance organizations, charter operators and private aircraft owners is the ideal platform to centralize process management for those who otherwise require multiple separate applications and use software not specifically developed and adapted for general aviation such as airline software or are using spreadsheets. AVIATIZE recently opened a US office in Scottsdale, AZ headed by Dominiek De Roo, former FTO General Manager and Head of Training Performance at CAE Phoenix – Aviation Academy, AZ. Dominiek De Roo said: “Arizona hosts some of the most active general aviation US airports here in the Phoenix metropolitan area. I am excited to lead the US AVIATIZE operations and hereby empower aircraft owners, operators and maintenance organizations to focus on operational excellence, safety and compliance through real-time data analysis. I am proud to say that we are hitting the ground running with our cutting edge AVIATIZE platform – the uptake and interest has been fantastic.” Tom Verbruggen, CEO AVIATIZE: “The successful introduction of AVIATIZE on the US market during the Reno Air Races last year energized us to be closer to our customers. Dominiek has the experience and capability to continue delivering on AVIATIZE’s promise of providing sophisticated software wrapped in a user-friendly experience. His work has already yielded benefits to the company and our clients.” The Palm Springs Air Museum, SunWest Aviation, Paragon Airways, RebuildRescue and LeMAC Aviation from Mesa, AZ all will integrate AVIATIZE into their Flight and Maintenance operations to have a single user-friendly platform for all applications. Fred Bell, Vice-Chairman of the Palm Springs Air Museum, said: “As one of the largest Warbird Operators in the United States, we are very excited to take advantage of this revolutionary software to improve our operations.” To further kick off the launch in the US, AVIATIZE will be at the world's largest airshow - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - from July 24-30. Tom: “I am looking very much forward to Oshkosh – a childhood’s dream is coming true! We are happy to demonstrate our newest features for private aircraft owners, flight schools and maintenance facilities and look forward to being part of this celebration of General Aviation.” Stop by for a chat, a cool beer and the opportunity for a free trial version of the AVIATIZE platform. Special discounts will be offered to flying schools, maintenance companies, operators and GA owners at the Booth #326. 2023 Reno Air Races Six air racers at the 2023 edition of the Reno Air Races, expected to host more than 150 airplanes and pilots celebrating the world’s fastest motorsport, will equally use the AVIATIZE platform during the September event. At least Two P-51s from the Palm Springs Museum will use the AVIATIZE platform at this Year’s Reno Air Races as well as other racers in different categories, such as the Play Hard T6 from LeMac Aviation.
Centralny Port Komunikacyjny unveils concept design of the CPK multimodal transport hub
Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) unveils the concept design for Poland's new CPK airport, illustrating the terminal, main railway station and public transport interchange. CPK's approval of the airport's concept design, prepared by the British consortium Foster + Partners and Buro Happold, means that CPK project has moved on to the next stage, i.e. the development of the construction project. The company honoured its commitment from last November, when it concluded the contract with the Master Architect. ‘According to the schedule and in line with previous announcements, we are consistently implementing the next steps in preparation for the construction of CPK. I am convinced that this modern architecture, which was developed with the world-leading designers, will create gigantic business opportunities, attract foreign investments and stimulate economically not only Poland, but the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe,’ says Deputy Minister for Funds and Regional Policy Marcin Horała, Government Plenipotentiary for CPK. Mikołaj Wild, CEO of CPK, added, “Today we are presenting the architectural concept of the terminal for the first time. We are demonstrating how we are going to ensure passenger comfort and how we combine different modes of transport in one place. As of today, we know what the terminal, the heart of CPK and the aviation gateway to the world, is going to look like. For those arriving, this will be the first experience of our country. We are also unveiling the first railway station so closely integrated with an airport.” The centrepiece of the multimodal interchange is an atrium, seamlessly connecting the airport terminal, railway station, and other modes of transport under a singular, unifying canopy. The atrium is the ‘foreground of the airport’, the link between the terminal and the railway station - an accessible space where all passengers meet, regardless of which mode of transport they are using. The atrium is located before security control, meaning it is accessible to all. It is also a place where employees and guests of the nearby Airport City will spend their time. The interface between the terminal and the surrounding area is unique. Typically, terminal buildings are difficult to access on foot. CPK's solution creates pedestrian-friendly areas between the Airport City and airport’s infrastructure. 'Our design for CPK is centred on the passenger. The ambition is to create an accessible, calm and legible building that enhances the experience of travel,” says Grant Booker, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. “The terminal’s minimal level changes and generous structural spans create clear lines of sight - from landside to airside - making it extremely easy to navigate. The vaulted roof fills the space with light and leads passengers through the building, guiding them towards their destinations. Bringing together three modes of transport in one place - and integrating a new railway station that is part of a national high-speed rail system - we believe that CPK will completely transform the way people travel across Poland and become a powerful new gateway to Europe and the rest of the world.’ The airport's passenger terminal, covering an area of approximately 400,000 m2, will be located on two levels, and arrival and security checks are both Schengen and non-Schengen. Once they have been through security, non-Schengen passengers will descend to another level, where they will have their own part of the terminal, with restaurants and shops. The terminal will directly connect to four modular piers, with the potential for future expansion according to market demand. In all areas of the terminal, here will be two-way moving walkways for passengers, which will minimise transfer times and increase the standard of service. In addition to conventional check-in desks, the terminal will be equipped with self-service check-in stations, a self-bag drop and kiosks with biometric capabilities. Both security and document control will be fully automated with CT scanners and automated gates. The designer assumes the use of state-of-the-art solutions within the baggage transport and scanning system, including for the transfer baggage fast handling. The railway station will accommodate the needs of CPK’s operations and serve as a national transport hub, integrating rail connections from major cities in Poland. The CPK railway station consists of 6 underground platforms (12 tracks) serving regional and long-distance trains. The platforms will be covered in such a way that it will be possible to reach the station, which will be located in the atrium on the north side of the terminal and connected to it, comfortably and dry-shod. Direct, convenient access from the railway station to both the bus station and Airport City will be provided. The interchange will feature bus bays, waiting areas equipped with ticket counters, and retail facilities. Hotels are planned in the vicinity of the bus station, marking the initial developments of Airport City. The first phase of the airport, i.e. two parallel runways and infrastructure to handle 40 million passengers, is expected to be operational in 2028. The CPK General Plan assumes that the airport will be expanded in a modular manner afterwards. According to the forecast of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airport could handle up to 65 million passengers in 2060.
Embraer Demonstrates the E195-E2’s Hot & High Performance in Uzbekistan
The Embraer E195-E2 made its debut in Uzbekistan with a two-day tour. The demonstration flights offered government officials, the media and airline representatives an up-close experience of the E2 family of jets’ innovative design and operational efficiency. The demonstration underscored the urgent need for enhanced domestic and regional connectivity within Uzbekistan, a nation increasingly focusing on tourism development and infrastructure expansion. Given the country’s challenging geography, marked by intense summer heat and mountainous terrains, the necessity for a versatile, reliable, and efficient aircraft has never been more evident. The demonstration flights were attended by representatives from the Government of Uzbekistan, the Brazilian Embassy, media, plus representatives of the local aviation community and airlines from the region. “The demonstration flights provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the operational efficiency, low maintenance costs, and adaptability of our E2 family to challenging conditions, making it a perfect fit for the Uzbekistan market,” said Michal Nowak, VP Sales & Marketing, Head of Region for Europe and Central Asia – Commercial Aviation. “We are excited about the opportunities this market presents.” The event was co-hosted with Uzbekistan Airports and Uzbekistan Airways. “Embraer’s range of regional aircraft has proven itself in the global aviation market. I am glad that the manufacturer is constantly working on new aircraft developments, paying attention to important criteria like sustainability, fuel efficiency and noise level reduction. Today we are witnessing a historic moment as the aviation sector of Uzbekistan is experiencing a real boom. Over the past year, several new domestic airlines have been launched in the country and new aircraft types have started operations in Uzbekistan., providing a strong boost for the development of tourism, both domestic and international. Against this background, this event is very important for us, when domestic carriers can be familiarized with a new aircraft type, directly ask questions to the manufacturer, and take part in the demo flight,” said Rano Juraeva, Chairwoman of the Board of Uzbekistan Airports. “Adaptability, operational efficiency, and reliability in a unique geographical environment are key factors to be considered as we evaluate our future fleet development. We are thankful for this opportunity to sample the Embraer E195-E2’s capabilities in Uzbekistan, which will allow us to make an informed decision to improve our service and develop the airline’s route network” said Shukhrat Khudaykulov, CEO of Uzbekistan Airways.
LOT POLISH AIRLINES GENERATED A PROFIT OF PLN 113 MILLION IN 2022
The General Shareholders Meeting of LOT Polish Airlines approved the Company’s financial statement for 2022. Last year witnessed LOT Polish Airlines generating over PLN 113.7 million in profit with revenues exceeding PLN 8.3 billion, whereas LOT Cargo generated a record-breaking PLN 755 million in revenue. This means a return to the path of profitable development that was rendered possible through a gradually implemented commercial and operational strategy. The indicators achieved by LOT in 2022 allow us to be optimistic about the development potential of the company. The aircraft of the National Carrier handled over 90,000 flights, carrying nearly 8 million passengers on board, and the Load Factor (the seat occupancy rate) exceeded 80%. “The data we’re publishing is the culmination of the enormous work and commitment exercised by the entire PLL LOT team. Passengers, business customers and LOT’s commercial partners – all are at the centre of our attention. And the company’s financial results are a testimony to the fact that we know how to address their expectations properly. Furthermore, they allow us to be cautiously optimistic about the perspective of repayment of liabilities resulting from state aid and the accomplishment of our ambitious development assumptions”, said Michał Fijoł, President of the Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines. “LOT is profitable, LOT is hospitable, and LOT is punctual”, added President Fijoł, presenting the Cirium ranking, which shows that the Polish Carrier has regularly been among the top three most punctual airlines in Europe in recent months. It’s worthwhile to remind you that LOT Polish Airlines is also one of the airlines that has been most affected by the war in Ukraine. The war has resulted in 11 connections operated by LOT being cancelled. Given the need to bypass the zone affected by the conflict, long-haul flights to Asia, depending on the route, have been extended by more than 2 hours. The Company is also recovering from a period of restrictions and suspended operations in the wake of COVID-19 – the pandemic triggered the most severe crisis in the history of civil aviation. LOT Polish Airlines is a modern carrier connecting Central and Eastern Europe with the rest of the world. LOT’s offer includes direct long-haul flights to airports in the United States, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea. The Polish carrier has been consistently increasing the number of its flights to those destinations, thus strengthening and maintaining its integral position in Central and Eastern Europe. Long haul flights are operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliners – one of the most advanced wide-body aircraft in the world. The Polish Carrier has been present in the sky since 1929. It’s the world’s 12th oldest airline and one of the most internationally recognisable Polish brands.
Eve Air Mobility and Nordic Aviation Capital Sign Letter of Intent for up to 30 eVTOLs
Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Nordic Aviation Capital (“NAC”), a global leader in regional aircraft leasing, to promote the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft through optimized leasing strategies. The LOI establishes that Eve will have the opportunity to utilize NAC’s global presence and asset management knowledge while NAC will acquire 15 firm plus 15 optional eVTOLs that will be leased to fleet operators, supporting the development and scaling of innovative transportation operations. As the third leasing company added to Eve’s customer list, NAC plays a key role in the development, expansion and success of the eVTOL and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry by providing financing, risk management and industry expertise in additional markets across the world. The partnership also allows Eve and NAC to diversify portfolios, encourage environmental conservation and technological advancement, and expand eVTOL leasing options. With the UAM industry focused on electric aircraft, successful collaboration emphasizes the development of environmentally friendly aviation technologies and propulsion systems for a more sustainable future. “This partnership with Nordic Aviation Capital offers the world greater convenience and access to the latest and most advanced air travel solutions,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve. “By leveraging leading technology and providing exceptional customer experiences, fleet operations will enable the growth and development of the urban air mobility network. With the support of NAC, creating strategic partnerships will continue to allow Eve to improve the network and accessibility of urban air mobility.” Norman C.T. Liu, President & CEO of NAC, said: “We are pleased to have signed this LOI with Eve. This is an important step in our ESG strategy, and we look forward to partnering with Eve to bring these innovative and sustainable solutions to market.” From design to user experience, reliability and usability, Eve is committed to integrating cutting-edge technology into the UAM industry. Eve takes a comprehensive approach to its eVTOL project, Services and Operations Solutions and Urban Air Traffic Management (Urban ATM) to guarantee air commuters a safe and sustainable transportation alternative. Determined to make UAM a reality over the next two years, Eve is backed by Embraer, with renowned aircraft engineering expertise and a record of successful aircraft construction and certification. Eve is looking toward the future by enhancing its products and services to cultivate the success and innovation of air transportation.
Eve and Widerøe Zero Extend Partnership, Aiming to Launch eVTOL Operations in Scandinavia with Up to 50 Aircraft
Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) today announced the extension of its partnership with Widerøe Zero, an innovative initiative by Widerøe focused on sustainable aviation with the mission to revolutionize the industry and create a greener future for air travel. The partnership, solidified through a Letter of Intent (LOI), marks a significant step forward in both companies’ commitment to addressing the environmental impact of aviation and ushering in a new era of sustainable air travel. The agreement involves up to 50 eVTOLs, a service and operation solutions package, as well as the implementation of Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (Urban ATM) software solution. “This new partnership builds upon a previous MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between Eve and Widerøe Zero in 2021 at the UN Climate Conference (COP26), which aimed to develop eVTOL operations in Scandinavia,” said Andre Stein, Co-CEO of Eve. “This additional LOI reinforces our commitment to introducing sustainable, safe and affordable urban air travel to the region. Together, we will drive this transformation and pave the way for a more accessible transportation ecosystem for Scandinavian communities." ”We are looking forward to an even closer collaboration with Eve in the years to come. From designing optimal customer journeys in our Mobility Labs to defining the future Concept of Operation, and in 2027 to put the first Eve vehicles into revenue service,” said Andreas Aks, CEO at Widerøe Zero AS. Eve will provide comprehensive services to meet Widerøe Zero's needs and specifications. These include eVTOL maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), component repair management, spare parts management programs, battery lifecycle management, and data integration solutions, alongside operations solutions, such as training services, consultancy services, and on-site support for fleet Entry Into Service (EIS). Additionally, the LOI involves implementing Eve’s Urban ATM software to optimize the efficiency of Widerøe Zero’s UAM flight operations by integrating its eVTOLs with other airspace users in low-level airspace, ensuring optimized performance and safety. Eve's Urban ATM solution offers tailored solutions, including integration with vertiport automation systems, vertiport resource availability management, flight planning and coordination services, and more. Another key highlight of the extended partnership is the collaboration on the Air Mobility Labs project across Norway. The project will drive the development of future air mobility concepts tailored to regional needs, allowing for a deep understanding of the prospective customer journey and new air mobility solutions. Together, Eve and Widerøe Zero will spearhead the transformation of air travel by embracing sustainable practices and innovative technologies. The companies will also collaborate on developing potential solutions to address icing conditions in eVTOL operations. Widerøe's extensive experience operating in Norway, where icing conditions are prevalent, will provide valuable insights and expertise. Eve's eVTOLs will connect people residing in sparsely populated regions with challenging geography. The eVTOL operations in Norway will enhance regional connectivity and contribute to reducing carbon emissions, aligning with Widerøe Zero's commitment to environmental sustainability. Widerøe Zero's vision of all domestic short-haul flights being electric complements Norway's goal of achieving carbon-neutral aviation by 2040. By joining forces with Eve, Widerøe Zero will have access to cutting-edge electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technology, enabling them to accelerate their ambitious goal of electrifying a substantial portion of their fleet by 2030.
Eve and Voar Aviation Sign Letter of Intent to Drive Urban Air Mobility
Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) and Voar Aviation (“Voar”), a general aviation service company, have announced today the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to evaluate the sale and purchase of 70 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to be operated in several locations of Brazil. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will also study a potential partnership in which Voar will benefit from Eve’s agnostic Urban Air Mobility (UAM) service and operation solutions. This potential eVTOL sale is included in Eve’s current order backlog of up to 2,770 eVTOLs. "This collaboration represents a significant milestone in our mission to revolutionize urban transportation and shape the future of Urban Air Mobility. By combining our expertise and leveraging Voar's established infrastructure, we aim to accelerate the adoption of eVTOL technology and create a sustainable, integrated and complete ecosystem for urban air travel," said Andre Stein, Co-CEO of Eve. “Our solutions extend beyond the eVTOL itself; we are developing a full portfolio to foster the market’s launch and scalability.” "This partnership reinforces that Voar is ready to open the doors to future air mobility and contribute the necessary infrastructure to the operation of this new way of transportation," said Alessandra Abrão, CEO of Voar. Eve is at the forefront of the UAM industry and has consistently demonstrated its commitment to revolutionizing urban air transportation across the globe through a complete suite of solutions. Voar will provide its resources to assist Eve in modeling the UAM market in selected cities and support the seamless integration of eVTOLs into the urban environment by leveraging its extensive aviation infrastructure and knowledge. Voar Aviation has plans to expand operations in various regions across Brazil. The company aims to operate in the main metropolitan areas and popular tourist destinations, such as Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Goiania, Vitoria, Florianopolis, Camboriu, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, and Salvador, reinforcing both companies’ commitment to embracing new opportunities and providing innovative, sustainable and accessible transportation solutions for communities throughout Brazil.
Eve and Blade Expand Partnership to Accelerate Electric Air Mobility in Europe
Eve Air Mobility ("Eve") (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) and Blade Air Mobility, Inc. ("Blade") (NASDAQ: BLDE) today announced at the 54th International Paris Air Show a significant extension of their long-standing partnership through a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”). This collaboration aims to transform air transportation in Europe, starting with France, by laying the foundation to integrate Eve's state-of-the-art electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft ("eVTOL") or electric vertical aircraft ("EVA") into Blade’s European route network. “The continued partnership between Eve and Blade showcases the dedication and collaboration of both companies to transform the aviation industry and introduce electric air transportation to new regions,” said Andre Stein, Co-CEO of Eve. “By combining our expertise and resources, we are committed to expanding advanced air mobility with innovative solutions that make travel more accessible for passengers and drive significant environmental improvements.” "Extending our partnership with Eve underscores Blade's commitment to leading the transition from conventional to electric vertical aircraft," said Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade. "Our shared vision for a safer, quieter and more sustainable future in air travel is the driving force behind this collaboration. The introduction of Eve's aircraft into our European network will mark a significant step towards realizing this goal. Together, we are poised to transform the travel industry and make a lasting positive impact on the environment." Last September, Blade acquired the charter and scheduled flight operations of three of the largest urban air mobility operators in Southern Europe: Monacair, Héli Sécurité, and Azur Hélicoptère. Their integration into the new MoU with Eve positions them as crucial contributors to ongoing technical and commercial discussions. Blade is set to focus on developing practical applications for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), including identifying future routes in France and other European countries that could support AAM operations. This approach will modernize the industry and build the sustainable infrastructure required to bring the concept of electric aviation to fruition. Eve and Blade’s partnership is a testament to their commitment to innovation, sustainability and progress within the AAM industry. In 2022 Eve entered into an agreement with Blade India to deploy up to 200 eVTOLs in the country. The year before, Blade and Eve signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for operations in the United States, enabling Eve to provide up to 60 eVTOLs annually in the West Coast, New York and Florida markets. The deployment of Eve’s eVTOLs in Europe is subject to receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and certification, in addition to all parties entering into a definitive agreement.
World first: Venturi’s hyper-deformable lunar wheel presented at the Paris Air Show
On Monday 19 June 2023, Venturi Group presented its latest invention at the international Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France: a hyper-deformable lunar wheel. Venturi Lab designed and manufactured the wheel using materials it created. The Venturi wheel is a world first. A turning point in the history of the space industry, Venturi has reinvented the wheel. Engineers, chemists and physicists at Venturi Lab in Fribourg, Switzerland have created a unique hyper-deformable lunar wheel. The wheel will be used on Venturi Astrolab’s FLEX rover, a vehicle that will be deposited on the Moon in 2026 by Space X’s Starship rocket and initially used to transport and deploy payloads. In the past, with the exception of the Apollo missions, space exploration vehicles have always been equipped with rigid wheels. The Venturi wheel, however, is highly deformable while remaining long-lasting and robust. From 2026, when the FLEX rover is put into service at the lunar south pole, where extreme temperatures (-90 to -230°C) prevail, the four wheels supporting the two-tonne vehicle (payload included) will warp in order to absorb ground irregularities as the FLEX travels at 20 km/h. The wheels will need to perform over at least 1,000 kilometres and resist strong radiation from the south pole. Features of the Venturi wheel include: - an exceptional diameter of 930 mm - a complex system of 192 cables that act as spokes - a tread made flexible by a newly invented material - an outer rim equipped with springs This breakthrough technology, based on unique materials, is equal in importance to the arrival of the rubber, and later pneumatic rimmed tyre in the 19th century. NASA has selected Venturi Astrolab to test and analyse the Venturi wheel at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Eve Air Mobility Names Three eVTOL Suppliers
Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX, EVEXW) today named the first three suppliers for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Nidec Aerospace LLC, a joint venture between Nidec Corporation and Embraer, will provide the electric propulsion system, BAE Systems will provide an advanced energy storage system and DUC Hélice Propellers will supply the rotors and propellers for the eVTOL. “The announcement of the first suppliers is a key milestone in the development of our eVTOL aircraft,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve Air Mobility. “As we advance toward entry into service, our goal is to make sure that we produce and deliver a mature aircraft that not only exceeds expectations but enables our customers to operate safely and efficiently with the lowest cost of operation.” Nidec Aerospace LLC, a joint venture between Japan’s Nidec Corporation (TSE: 6594; OTC US: NJDCY) and Brazil’s Embraer (B3: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ), will develop the electric propulsion system for Eve’s eVTOL. Nidec Corporation, the world's leading comprehensive motor manufacturer, will be backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of aerospace experience to design, certify, produce, and commercialize next-generation electric propulsion systems based on well-proven technologies. “We are excited to have Eve as our launch customer for Nidec Aerospace’s new electric propulsion system,” said Michael Briggs, senior vice president and president of the Motion & Energy Business Unit at Nidec. “With our cutting-edge technologies, Nidec Aerospace and Eve together are well-positioned to drive and accelerate advances in electrified urban air mobility towards a more sustainable future.” BAE System’s energy storage system will be integrated into Eve’s eVTOL and will allow the aircraft to efficiently operate with zero emissions and low noise. The new energy storage system leverages the company’s more than 25 years of experience in providing dependable electric power and propulsion for transit buses and other heavy-duty vehicles. That experience combined with their history of developing flight critical control systems for aerospace is ideal for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) applications that depend on safety, reliability and efficiency. “BAE Systems is leading the development of advanced technology solutions and systems that will help create a more sustainable future in aviation,” said Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems. “We are delighted to support Eve Air Mobility with our innovative energy storage system for their eVTOL aircraft.” DUC Hélice Propellers will supply the rotors for the eight lift motors and the cruise propeller. Based in France and also present in the United States, the company has more than 25 years of experience and expertise in the analysis, design, development, manufacture and maintenance of propellers, rotors, fans & others carbon composite aeronautical accessories acquired through the multiple aviation programs in which it participates. “We are extremely honored to have been selected by EVE Air Mobility as the supplier of the rotors for the eight lift motors and the cruise propeller for their production vehicle,” said Duqueine Vincent, president and founder of DUC Hélices Propellers. “This recognition is a testimony to experience and expertise in the analysis, design, development, manufacture and maintenance of carbon composite propellers, rotors, fans and other aeronautical accessories. We are grateful to EVE for putting their trust in us.” During the past year, the company has been working closely with certification authorities to define certification requirements while also continuing to engage with customers to understand how they will operate the aircraft and incorporate their feedback. The company has continued to advance its testing phase as part of maturing its eVTOL design. Eve recently completed wind tunnel and propeller tests and began testing its vertical lift rotors aboard a new custom truck-mounted platform in May. Eve has continued to update the aircraft to match its vehicle design to customer needs with a focus on efficiency, safety, reliability, sustainability and cost of operation. Eve’s eVTOL aircraft utilizes a lift+cruise configuration with eight dedicated propellers for vertical flight and fixed wings to fly on cruise, with no change in position of these components during flight. The latest concept includes an electric pusher powered by dual electric motors that provide propulsion redundancy while ensuring high performance and safety. While offering numerous advantages including lower cost of operation, fewer parts, optimized structures and systems, it has been developed to offer efficient thrust with low sound. “Eve has taken a ‘building blocks’ approach to further enhance the maturity of the technology and its eVTOL,” said Alice Altissimo, vice president of program management and operation of Eve. “We continue to make very good progress and we are looking forward to working with these new suppliers as we accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable air travel.” Eve expects to name additional component suppliers including flight-control systems, avionics, airframe and power-management systems in the future. The company plans to start the assembly of its first full-scale eVTOL prototype during the second half of 2023, followed by the test campaign in 2024. Eve’s eVTOL is scheduled to begin deliveries and enter service in 2026.
Nidec and Embraer announce joint venture agreement to develop Electric Propulsion System for the emerging aerospace industry
Japan’s Nidec Corporation (TSE: 6594; OTC US: NJDCY) and Brazil’s Embraer (B3: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ) today announced an agreement to establish a joint venture company, called Nidec Aerospace LLC (hereunder “JV”), to develop Electric Propulsion Systems for the aerospace sector. The transaction combines the complementary synergies and distinct areas of expertise of two world-class engineering companies to spearhead a new era of air mobility. To be unveiled at the 54th biennial Paris Air Show, the JV aims to unlock new opportunities by providing an agnostic portfolio of products and services worldwide, driven initially by the growth of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry. Nidec Corporation, the world's leading comprehensive motor manufacturer, will be backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of complementary aerospace experience to design, certify, produce, and commercialize next-generation electric propulsion systems based on well-proven technologies suitable for powering more efficient and greener aircraft models. The JV will develop and manufacture the Electric Propulsion System for electric Vertical Take-Off Landing (eVTOL) vehicles, with the aim of providing the system to non-eVTOL vehicles in the future. Nidec Aerospace will be jointly owned, with Nidec owning a 51% share and Embraer the remaining 49%. The headquarters, located at Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC) in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, will be supported by both companies’ existing industrial footprint in Brazil and Mexico\. “Technological innovation will be a key contributor to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. The JV is a natural extension of both companies’ respective and continual investments in green technologies across multiple industries to accelerate global carbon neutrality,” said Michael Briggs, Senior Vice President and President of the Motion & Energy Business Unit, at Nidec. “We are proud to be partnered with Embraer\ and are confident that Nidec Aerospace will spearhead the electrification of aircraft with our shared drive, complementary expertise, and wide breadth of technical and manufacturing capabilities.” Nidec and Embraer have a long history of technological and business collaboration with other global partners. They have been continually exploring a range of sustainable concepts, prospecting technologies, and high-growth potential markets to deliver more substantial value to their respective stakeholders. “Innovation is our future growth driver and a key pillar of our strategic plan. That’s why I’m extremely excited about this strategic partnership with Nidec to develop agnostics solutions for aerospace sector,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO at Embraer. “Demand for electric propulsion systems is growing exponentially in the aerospace sector, and we are confident that Nidec and Embraer together can accelerate the development of advanced products to enable the future of sustainable aviation.” The JV’s Electric Propulsion System launch-customer will be the eVTOL manufacturer of Eve Air Mobility (NYSE: EVEX, EVEXW), an independent company well-positioned to be a global leader in the UAM segment by delivering an effective and sustainable new mode of urban transportation. The JV remains subject to antitrust approvals, other possible regulatory approvals, and customary closing conditions, as well as both companies’ approval in board of directors. The companies expect their transaction to close at the second half of 2023.