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Airbus and Munich Airport International Partner to Develop AAM Solutions Worldwide

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby

During the ILA Berlin Air Show, Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Munich Airport International to begin marketing turnkey solutions to cities and regions interested in establishing advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystems worldwide.

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Airbus is currently underway with the development of its CityAirbus NextGen, an electric vertical take-off and landing  (eVTOL) aircraft, alongside its related support and services offerings. Meanwhile, Munich Airport is providing ground infrastructure services and solutions.

“Munich Airport International is already collaborating with Airbus on the Air Mobility Initiative recently launched in Munich – now we are expanding that partnership globally to support select cities and regions around the world,” said Ivonne Kuger, Munich Airport International’s Executive VP of Corporate Development. “As Europe’s first 5-star airport Munich Airport has always been at the forefront of innovation and it is crucial for airports to be actively involved in developing and paving the way for this new form of transport. ”

“The development of the market, industry, and the ultimate service of AAM requires a holistic view and this has been our approach from the beginning.  In addition to our decades of vehicle and technology development, certification, and support, we are actively building working ecosystems with our partners,” said Balkiz Sarihan, Head of UAM Partnerships and Strategy Execution at Airbus. “We are sure that our partnership with Munich Airport will be a key catalyst for accelerating the development of the AAM ecosystems worldwide.”

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The goal of the two companies is to establish entirely new ecosystems that will guarantee the effective integration of eVTOL solutions with other forms of mobility. A partnership between global and local stakeholders is essential to the successful integration of the disparate AAM components.

Revealing its fully electric eVTOL prototype, CityAirbus NextGen, last September, Airbus has been developing an AAM solution with eVTOLs in order to offer a new mobility service as well to work towards the reduction of emissions across its product range. An innovator in the research of electric propulsion for the advancement of aerial vehicles, the company recently announced the launch of the Air Mobility Initiative, a network committed to the development of AAM in Bavaria and Germany.

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

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