MUNICH—Airbus has formed an Air Mobility Initiative (AMI) in Germany to promote the development of electric aircraft for use within and between cities. The joint project is centered around three main areas: electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, unmanned traffic management services, and airport and city integration, including vertiports.

"In many parts of the world, eVTOLs will offer a whole new mobility service in the near future," says Markus May, head of operations for urban air mobility at Airbus. "Airbus and the AMI partners are aware that the introduction of such a system requires the cooperation of many players with different competences. Our goal is to build a transport service that benefits society and this is what we are setting up here in Bavaria.”

The AMI partners, which includes various government entities and local universities, will first address the technological, infrastructural, legal and social prerequisites for the future implementation of advanced air transport. Knowledge gained will be carried through a demonstration project under real conditions with eVTOLs.