Blade Air Mobility has revealed a significant extension of its long-standing partnership with Eve Air Mobility at the 54th International Paris Air Show 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 eVTOL aircraft into Blade's European route network.
“Extending our partnership with Eve underscores Blade's commitment to leading the transition from conventional to electric vertical aircraft,” says CEO Rob Wiesenthal. “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 realising this goal. Together, we are poised to transform the travel industry and make a lasting positive impact on the environment.”
“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,” adds Eve co-CEO Andre Stein. “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.”
Last September, Blade acquired the charter and scheduled flight operations of three of the largest UAM operators in southern Europe, namely 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 modernise 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 or operations in the US, 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.