Halo Aviation has announced plans to bring private urban air mobility (UAM), otherwise known as flying taxis, to New York and London by 2026. The VIP helicopter operator has ordered 200 of the Embraer Eve electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and plans to spread them equally between the US and UK.
The Eve eVTOL was designed by Embraer X, the innovation arm of the Brazilian aerospace company. It was first launched in 2018 as a concept, but it is now a significant step closer to reality following this order. It also establishes Eve as an out-in-front leader in the race to deliver sustainable, vertical mobility to major cities.
Halo, which was acquired by OneSky Flight (part of Directional Aviation) earlier this year, evaluated almost a dozen different aircraft designs before selecting the Eve eVTOL as its launch product. Its ability to fly on renewable energy not only gives it the required sustainability credentials but also enables it to run quietly – vital for its chances of gaining the required certification.
“We believe Eve has designed an aircraft that not only is well prepared for initial certification but also has a proven track record of production,” Kenneth Ricci, principal of Directional Aviation, said. “The outstanding lineage of aircraft design, certification and production that Embraer brings to this aircraft positions Eve with significant advantages in the competitive landscape. And our background as operators has taught us that product support is absolutely vital to the overall success of new programmes.