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EH216-S Pilotless eVTOL Completes Debut Flight in Saudi Arabia

Our Bureau - : Jun 15, 2024 - : 8:03 am

EHang Holdings EH216-S pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft has completed its first autonomous air taxi flight in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Partnering with Front End, a Saudi-based enterprise specializing in advanced solutions for various industries, the flight highlights the transformative potential of pilotless eVTOL aircraft for the region’s transportation system.

“This debut flight of the EH216-S pilotless eVTOL in Saudi Arabia marks a significant milestone in EHang’s ongoing internationalization and an important step forward in propelling global advanced UAM reform, showcasing the potential of our pilotless eVTOL products and solutions for widespread adoption in the Middle Eastern market,” said Huazhi Hu, Founder, CEO and Chairman of EHang. “Looking ahead, with the strong support of GACA and in partnership with Front End, we will work together to establish a benchmark for regular AAM operations in Saudi Arabia, driving progress in both regional and the global AAM markets.”

“This flight marks a major advancement in integrating Advanced Air Mobility (“AAM”) solutions into Saudi Arabia’s aviation landscape,” said Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, President of GACA. “We are committed to the highest safety standards and its seamless integration into existing air traffic systems. This flight also acts as a proof of concept for multiple use cases and contributes to various AAM roadmap initiatives. We appreciate the instrumental support of Front End and EHang to mark this historic milestone for Saudi Arabia.”

“Front End is at the forefront of this trailblazing initiative, paving the way to a new era in smart mobility solutions,” said Majid Alghaslan, Chairman and CEO of Front End. “Aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, our goal is to foster a ‘Connected Kingdom’, serving as a gateway for our partners to access growth opportunities in Saudi Arabia and the wider region. This achievement stands as a testament to the power of government-private partnerships in accelerating new technology adoption. Partnering with EHang made this pioneering solution a reality.”


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