Dubai: VPorts has signed agreements with key AAM players to build and operate the AAM World Integrator World Centre in Dubai. Electra.aero, Falcon Aviation and SkyDrive have joined the centre to be part of VPorts’ strategy to develop the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market and deploy its expertise and innovation in the region.
“With these milestone agreements, Dubai has demonstrated its leadership in the advanced air mobility sector,” said Dr. Fethi Chebil, CEO and Founder of VPorts. “We welcome other partners to join us in shaping the future of the AAM sector by leveraging the world’s first integrator centre, including its facilities and dedicated airspace. Our presence in Dubai is in line with our strategy and ambition to build and operate 1,500 vertiports around the world by 2045.”
Late last year, VPorts signed a 25-year exclusive lease agreement with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) to establish the state-of-the-art integrator centre on a 37,000-square-metre site within Dubai South.
The four new partners will collaborate on technical and business aspects with the aim of using the Dubai integrator centre to showcase their operational expertise, provide MRO related services, if required, test flights in the dedicated airspace, and use the vertiport for commercial purposes.
The future integrator centre will include dedicated flight-testing airspace and innovative new technologies that will support the global growth of the international AAM industry and accelerate the certification of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOLs) aircraft.