Dubai to launch flying taxi in 2026

Abu Dhabi: Electric aircraft company Eve Holding and Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services is all set to introduce the first flying taxi—electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) touristic flights from the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, as early as 2026.

A subsidiary of Eve Holding, owned by Brazilian plane maker Embraer, and Falcon Aviation Services had signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for up to 35 eVTOL aircraft.

“The launch of this concept fully aligns with the Smart Dubai vision and will contribute to positioning Dubai as a global leader in sustainable urban air mobility transportation,” Ramandeep Oberoi, chief operating officer of Falcon, said.

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Eve Holding and Falcon will work alongside local stakeholders and authorities to support the development of the UAE’s urban air mobility ecosystem, according to the company statement.

Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve, said the agreement will help position Dubai as a leader in the UAM market.

eVTOL aircraft manufacturers are gaining customers, and the global market is expected to grow from $ 5.41 billion in 2021 to $ 23.21 billion in 2028 at a rate of 23 percent per year.

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