Munich Airport, Airbus To Help Cities Start eVTOL Ops

 - June 28, 2022, 10:59 AM
Munich Airport and Airbus are expanding their partnership to help cities and regions develop infrastructure to support advanced air mobility (AAM) services using eVTOLs. Airbus is developing the four-passenger CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL, which is pegged to enter service in 2025. (Photo: Airbus)

Munich Airport and Airbus are seeking to help cities and regions develop infrastructure to support advanced air mobility (AAM) services using eVTOLs. To that end, the two entities announced an expansion of their partnership last week at the ILA Berlin Air Show.

In May, the German hub airport joined forces with Airbus, the city of Ingolstadt, railway company Deutsche Bahn, aviation safety agency Deutsche Flugsicherung, uncrewed air traffic management (UTM) specialist Droniq, and Diehl Aerospace, to establish the Air Mobility Initiative (AMI). Airbus is developing the four-passenger CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL that it aims to bring into service in 2025.

With the support of the Bavarian state government and German federal officials, the project is intended to assess the basis on which commercial eVTOL air-taxi operations could be launched to connect German cities, as well as to advance arrangements for UTM infrastructure and vertiports.

The AMI collaboration is backed by €86 million ($91 million) in public-private funding. This includes €24 million from the German federal government and €17 million from the state of Bavaria.

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