UAM partnership to promote Airbus eVTOL air taxis in Italy
Italian flag carrier ITA Airways is joining forces with Airbus in an effort to develop urban air mobility (UAM) opportunities in Italy, particularly for the European consortium’s CityAirbus NextGen electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi.
The companies have a long relationship founded on ITA Airways and its previous incarnation, Alitalia, purchasing and operating Airbus planes in its large fleet of traditional craft. Now the two want to extend that with emerging sustainable eVTOL options like the CityAirbus NextGen, which will primarily be used for air taxi and other short distance UAM services.
Under their new agreement, the partners will work to promote and nurture the adoption of next-generation air transport across Italy generally – including efforts to encourage public familiarity and acceptance of the activity. As part of that broader process, they’ll welcome aboard local and regional stakeholders.
More specifically, meanwhile,…