Eve Air Mobility and Blade Air Mobility have announced a significant extension of their long-standing partnership through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the 54th International Paris Air Show.

The collaboration between the two companies aims to revolutionise air transportation in Europe, starting with France, by integrating Eve’s advanced electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) or electric vertical aircraft (EVA) into Blade’s European route network.

Eve Air Mobility co-CEO Andre Stein said: “The continued partnership between Eve and Blade showcases the dedication and collaboration of both companies to transform the aviation industry and introduce electric air transportation to new regions.

“By combining our expertise and resources, we are committed to expanding advanced air mobility with innovative solutions that make travel more accessible for passengers and drive significant environmental improvements.”

As part of the partnership, Blade acquired the charter and scheduled flight operations of three major urban air mobility operators in Southern Europe, namely Monacair, Héli Sécurité, and Azur Hélicoptère, last September. This integration positions them as vital contributors to ongoing technical and commercial discussions under the new MoU with Eve.

Blade’s focus will be on developing practical applications for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and identifying future routes in France and other European countries that can support AAM operations. This strategic approach aims to modernise the industry and establish the necessary sustainable infrastructure to bring the concept of electric aviation to life.

Blade Air Mobility CEO Rob Wiesenthal said: “Extending our partnership with Eve underscores Blade’s commitment to leading the transition from conventional to electric vertical aircraft.

“Our shared vision for a safer, quieter and more sustainable future in air travel is the driving force behind this collaboration. The introduction of Eve’s aircraft into our European network will mark a significant step towards realizing this goal.”

The collaboration between Eve and Blade underscores their commitment to innovation, sustainability, and progress within the AAM industry. In 2022, Eve entered into an agreement with Blade India to deploy up to 200 eVTOLs in the country.

Furthermore, in the preceding year, Blade and Eve signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for operations in the United States, enabling Eve to provide up to 60 eVTOLs annually in the West Coast, New York, and Florida markets.

It is important to note that the deployment of Eve’s eVTOLs in Europe is contingent upon the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and certification, as well as the parties entering into a definitive agreement.