Norwegian regional carrier Wideroe and Embraer urban air mobility spin-out Eve are to collaborate on the potential operation of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in Scandinavia.
The subject of a memorandum of understanding between Wideroe Zero – the airline’s air mobility business incubator – and the aircraft developer, the pact will see the pair work on a concept of operations for the sector, including a market readiness exercise for the region.
“Widerøe Zero is excited to work with Eve on the eVTOL concept. Although initially designed for urban air mobility, we expect these highly flexible vehicles to be interesting in a variety of applications also in rural areas; from cargo to passenger transportation.
“Our partnership with Eve is part of our plan to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation in Norway,” says Andreas Kollbye Aks, chief executive officer at Widerøe Zero.
Wideroe operates a fleet of Embraer E190-E2 jets and was the launch operator for the re-engined type.