FARNBOROUGH – At a press conference today at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, Eve unveiled a mock-up of the interior of its planned eVTOL aircraft, which features lightweight recycled plastic seats for the passenger cabin and a cockpit single-pilot piloting.
More importantly, the manufacturer also unveiled a redesign in which a wing and canard configuration is replaced by a wing and tail layout.
Eight vertical-lift rotors and two pusher propellers will feature on the aircraft, which can fly up to 60 kilometers on a single electric charge. With a cruising speed of 200 km/h, the majority of piloted journeys, departing from city center vertiports, are likely to last just over 30 minutes.
The new generation of Air Taxis will be shown to the public for the first time when the cabin is unveiled at the Farnborough event. Advanced air mobility (AAM) pioneers like Eve expect commercial services to launch in 2025 and a big increase in the number of aircraft in service, but the company hasn’t been particularly specific about what the aircraft will experience. passengers so far.
Eve says it currently has tentative sales agreements in place for the delivery of 1,910 aircraft. By 2040, the company predicts that approximately 100,000 eVTOLs will be in commercial use worldwide.
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The list of operators, flight booking platforms and leasing companies that have committed to purchasing the Eve aircraft now includes Republic Airways (YX), Halo Aviation, Blade, Falko, Fahari Aviation (a subsidiary of Kenya Airways [KQ]), Bristow, Helisul Aviação, Flapper, Helipass, Widerøe Zero, Falcon Aviation and Avantto.
The company says that while it does not intend to operate the aircraft itself, it plans to work closely with its customers to develop effective business plans for the aviation industry. Through an IPO in May, Eve raised $377 million, which the company would use to fund its plans to release the new eVTOL model in 2026.
After Eve’s merger with special-purpose acquisition firm Zanite, its parent company, Brazil’s Embraer, still owns the bulk of the company’s stock.
Advanced Air Mobility Ecosystem
Eve says she works on critical components of what she calls the AAM ecosystem, such as air traffic control and aircraft maintenance, with support from the Brazilian multinational aerospace company. Eve also began collaborating with the Dutch university TU Delft earlier this year to examine the ride quality of eVTOLs and how all passengers, including those in wheelchairs, could be accommodated.
In June, Eve hosted the inaugural meeting of her advisory board in Lisbon, Portugal. This opportunity provided an opportunity to solicit consumer and partner opinion and dialogue on many facets of the urban air mobility business. More than 20 people from fixed-wing and rotorcraft operators, ride-sharing services and rental companies attended the event, which covered topics such as operations, service and support, aircraft performance, urban air traffic management, cabin design and passenger travel.
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