Flying taxi trips to be available in Dubai

Dubai is preparing to launch electric vertical take-off (eVTOL) tourist flying taxis. The new vehicles are planned to start serving guests of Atlantis, The Palm resort as early as 2026.

The agreement to supply 35 air taxis was signed by electric aircraft manufacturer Eve Holding, owned by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, and UAE-based charter flight operator Falcon Aviation Services.

The project is the companies’ contribution to the development of the urban mobility programme, it is fully in line with Smart Dubai’s strategy and will contribute to making Dubai a global leader in sustainable urban air transport.

Eve has now already received orders for 1,825 aircraft and expects to launch its first flying taxi in 2026. It is worth noting that industry giants Airbus and Boeing are actively investing in eVTOL production.

In December 2021, the first tests of a prototype two-seat flying vehicle Volar, created by the British company Bellwether Industries, took place in Dubai. The test flights were successful.

The prototype, controlled remotely, made several flights at a speed of about 40 km/h at an altitude of four metres. The flying car without wheels is reminiscent of futuristic cars from science-fiction movies.

In the future, the company plans to bring a four-seat flying car to the market. It will fly at 217km/h and its altitude will reach 900m. Flight time on a single battery charge is expected to be up to 90 minutes.

The plan is for the flying car to go on sale by 2028 and it can be used as a private car or as a flying taxi.

Source: The National

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