Eve Urban Air Mobility, an Embraer company, and Ascent Flights Global, Asia's on-demand helicopter platform, are deepening their partnership aimed at developing a robust 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 eVTOL aircraft for use in key cities such as Bangkok in Thailand, Manila in the Philippines, Melbourne in Australia, Singapore and Tokyo in Japan.
Backed by Embraer's 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 occurred 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 UK 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,” says Andre Stein, president and 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 utilised 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 the 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,” concludes Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, founder and CEO of Ascent.