After VTCs, a new competitor to taxis could soon enter the European market.

And this future Uber would arrive in the air.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced in early 2021 that the first flying taxis could crisscross the European skies from 2024 or 2025, recalls Phonandroid.

Companies in this brand new sector are then working hard to obtain certification from the European regulator.

The winter of 2021/2022 was an opportunity for the Ile-de-France transport management group ADP to test these devices at Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin airport, north of Paris.

Among the thirty candidates: Volocopter, Vertical Aerospace, Ascendance, Lilium or Archer Aviation, whose vehicle with 100 km of autonomy has successfully completed its first stationary flight.

Former Airbus CEO of AutoFlight Europe

AutoFlight, a Chinese company based in Shanghai, recently got involved in the dance.

Its autonomous electric device, similar to a helicopter, has a range of approximately 250 km.

It can carry up to three passengers plus the pilot.

It has promised the launch of its Prosperity I air taxi for 2025 on condition of obtaining EASA approval, indicate our colleagues.

To carry out its project, AutoFlight has surrounded itself with specialists from the European market.

The new director of the branch on the Old Continent is none other than a former Airbus executive.

He will be responsible for finalizing the development of Chinese flying taxis and obtaining certification from the European regulator, synonymous with the green light for their marketing.

So far, no potential competitor has managed to obtain the famous approval.


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