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Exploring Urban Air Mobility

Aviation
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Malaysia Airports partnered with Skyports and Volocopter to study the introduction of Urban Air Mobility in Malaysia.

With the emergence of new technological advances, the aviation industry is looking into Urban Air Mobility (UAM), an urban transportation system that would move passengers by air – sort of like a form of ride-hailing with flying taxis or passenger drones.

Aspiring to boost the local aviation industry towards the adoption of UAM, Malaysia Airports has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding with Skyports and Volocopter to conduct a feasibility study to examine suitable vertiport solutions in enabling a safe take-off and landing of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles.

The venture forms part of the five-year Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Regeneration plan (LTSAAS). The collaboration will explore the deployment of electric air taxi services at Subang Airport as well as other locations throughout the country, putting Malaysia amongst the pioneer in the Asia Pacific region in terms of exploring UAM.

“Air taxi technology and revolution is the next big thing that we want to see happen in the Malaysia aviation scene. With LTSAAS offering a synergistic ecosystem within the aviation and aerospace sectors, it is time for us to explore this new service as it complements other key developments of the regeneration initiative.

“LTSAAS Regeneration will offer various development opportunities to aviation and aerospace players worldwide thus echoing the government’s aspiration to transform LTSAAS into both an international aerospace centre and business aviation hub,” Malaysia Airports’ Group chief executive officer Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh.

The Asia Pacific region is expected to capture around 45% of the market by 2035, translating to USD9.5 billion . The collaboration with Skyports, the world-leading designer and operator of vertiport infrastructure for electric air taxis and Volocopter, the pioneer of UAM would enable Malaysia Airports to achieve its objective to provide end to end, mid to high-value capabilities and solutions that are anchored by top tier operators.

This would further futureproof LTSAAS’s position in the Asia Pacific by catering to research, assembly, manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in addition to air taxi operations.

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