Abu Dhabi Airports is exploring the potential of introducing Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in the emirate.
It has signed an agreement with the French engineering and operations firm Groupe ADP to lay the groundwork for introducing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to move people and cargo.
The two sides will engage in joint planning, design, development, and operation of ground infrastructure for AAM in Abu Dhabi, following engagement with stakeholders, a feasibility study and market assessment to develop the industry roadmap.
"This new system integrates flight technologies with transformational aircraft designs which utilise electric power to hover, take off, and land vertically, enabling sustainability in air transport for both passengers and cargo," said Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.
The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2022 last week.
"With our hands-on experience in the Paris region today, and our deep understanding of the industry, its infrastructure and operational challenges, we will be supporting Abu Dhabi Airports in laying the ground for AAM service implementation in Abu Dhabi," said Philippe Martinet, Managing Director of Groupe ADP Airport Services.
Abu Dhabi Airports and French engineering company Groupe ADP have agreed to explore advanced air mobility opportunities #inAbuDhabi, and will assess the implementation of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, supporting growth of the emirate’s innovation economy. pic.twitter.com/25dQz6euQP— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) November 7, 2022