Airbus has said it plans to expand its on-demand helicopter service Voom, now operational in São Paulo and Mexico City, in other megacities in 2019.
Voom is part of an Airbus unit called Urban Air Mobility, launched by the company in June 2018. The UAM unit intends to introduce electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles into major urban centres.
Other UAM activities across the company include air traffic management infrastructure development, including partnership building and pilot projects, and direction of Airbus’ two ongoing eVTOL demonstrator aircraft, Vahana and CityAirbus.
Eduardo Dominguez Puerta Head of Urban Air Mobility at Airbus, said: “My initial focus these last few months has been to align our various projects to a common strategy and set the right tempo.
“We are currently developing and testing our existing vehicle demonstrators, which will allow us to define a path for the future generation of vehicles. We’ve consolidated all company-wide activities related to traffic management, are continuing to expand Voom, and are also very active in strengthening contacts with cities and partners.
“We’re moving ahead full speed to continue developing the technologies that we need to realise our vision with UAM, while engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure we deliver a mobility system that provides minimal environment impact and maximum societal benefit. Let’s be clear: we’re co-creating an entire industry from scratch.”