Airbus and Ecocopter have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start collaborating on the launch of urban air mobility services across various countries in Latin America.
With the agreement, the partners will explore and define launch scenarios for air mobility operations, notably in Ecuador, Chile and Peru. This includes joint activities to develop UAM operations over the continent, as well as ways to target first use cases and pilot cities and regions. Ecocopter already operates a fleet primarily comprised of Airbus helicopters for aerial work missions in a variety of industrial sectors.
“With already 20 years of experience operating helicopters and 5 years operating drones, this partnership is a natural step for us,” said Marcelo Rajchman, Ecocopter’s Corporate CEO. “We seek to be a relevant player in the UAM ecosystem and the projects we will develop together with Airbus will bring us closer to this goal.”
“We are excited to extend our long standing relationship with Ecocopter,” said Balkiz Sarihan, Airbus’ Head of Partnerships & Strategy Execution for UAM. “Together we are taking concrete steps in the co-creation of the UAM ecosystem and our decarbonisation roadmap. This partnership leverages Airbus’ expertise in innovative vertical flight technologies, and Ecocopter’s extensive operational history and innovative culture.”
In September 2021, Airbus unveiled its eVTOL prototype CityAirbus NextGen, to explore advanced air mobility technologies and bring urban air mobility services to life. With an operational range of 80 km and a cruise speed of 120 km/h, it has been developed to be suited for a range of deployments in urban areas and beyond.
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