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Wednesday, December 09 2020 - 17:00
Volocopter Commits to Launch Air Taxi Services in Singapore
SINGAPORE and BRUCHSAL, Germany, Dec. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), announced its commitment 
today to launch air taxi services in Singapore after two years of close 
collaboration with the city. Working together with the Economic Development 
Board of Singapore (EDB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), 
Volocopter plans to make air taxi services a reality in the Southeast Asian 
city-state within the next three years. This puts Singapore in pole position to 
launch Urban Air Mobility in Asia. 

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In October 2019, Volocopter completed the historic air taxi demonstration 
flight ( ) in the heart of Singapore 
over the Marina Bay area, giving observers the unique opportunity to have a 
sense of what UAM will look like. Before launching the services in Singapore, 
Volocopter will obtain the necessary regulatory approvals, including those from 
CAAS and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. To achieve this, Volocopter 
will be conducting comprehensive tests, flight trials, evaluations, and 
certification before approval to commence commercial air taxi operations can be 

"Singapore is renowned for its leading role in adapting and living new 
technologies. Our successful cooperation with EDB, MOT, and CAAS on our 
previous flight has shown that there is no better place in Asia to launch our 
electric air taxi services than in Singapore," says Florian Reuter, CEO of 
Volocopter. "The city's research institutes conducting R&D play an integral 
part in this. Topics like route validation for autonomous operations, material 
science, and research regarding battery technology are very important for our 
long-term business success."

The first route is expected to be a touristic route over the southern waters, 
offering breath-taking views of the Marina Bay skyline. Follow-on connections 
may include cross-border flights, which may enhance regional connectivity and 
offer a significantly improved travel experience to Singapore's closest 
economic centers.  

"Urban Air Mobility is an emerging area within the broader mobility sector, 
which we have identified as a growth industry for Singapore," said Mr. Tan Kong 
Hwee, Executive Vice President, EDB. "Singapore is an important regional 
testbed for autonomous cars, electric vehicles, and Urban Air Mobility, 
including the successful test flight by Volocopter in 2019. We are glad that 
Volocopter has chosen Singapore to anchor its commercial and R&D activities. 
This will help build new capabilities for our mobility ecosystem and create 
many exciting opportunities for Singapore." 

"In this new area of Urban Air Mobility, we look forward to continue working 
with Volocopter. This gives us the opportunity to co-create regulations and 
technologies with the industry, facilitating innovation to enable a future mode 
of transportation for Singapore," said Mr. Tan Kah Han, Senior Director 
(Unmanned Systems Group) of CAAS.   

Volocopter air taxis are emission-free aircraft that take-off and land 
vertically. They are designed as an addition to urban mobility and will fly up 
to two passengers directly and quietly to their destination and offer a whole 
new dimension to the quality of life in cities. 


Volocopter GmbH is building the world's first sustainable and scalable UAM 
business to bring affordable air taxi services to megacities worldwide. 
Volocopter leads and cooperates with partners to build the ecosystem necessary 
to 'Bring Urban Air Mobility to Life'. Founded in 2011, Volocopter has 200 
employees and raised a total of 122 million euro in equity. 

SOURCE:  Volocopter GmbH