United adds Eve Mobility as AAM partner in multimillion-dollar deal
United Airlines is making it clear it believes in the kind of next-generation advanced air mobility (AAM) craft that will provide inner-urban and even intracity transportation in coming years, but its new $15 million investment in air taxi developer Eve is also an indication it won’t be keeping its relationships with sector start-ups exclusive.
United revealed the deal on Thursday, saying it had invested $15 million into Embaer’s AAM unit Eve and agreed to a conditional purchase of 200 of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) airplanes. The agreement also calls for the two companies to work together to prepare for services provided by sustainable aircraft under development, including examining the development, use, and operation of Eve vehicles in the urban air mobility ecosystems set to soon blossom around the globe.
Though Eve is still developing its aircraft toward the prototype phase, its work thus far convinced United to stump up…