Commenting on the news that Saudi Arabia has completed its first air taxi test flight, Daniel MacGregor, Chief Growth Officer at Serco Middle East, said:
“The news of NEOM’s Volocopter Test flight highlights the major progress that is being made in the development of Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The recent test flights of eVTOL aircraft in NEOM are a big milestone, and they show that UAM is on the cusp of becoming a reality.
“I believe that UAM has the potential to revolutionise transportation, making it faster, more efficient, and more sustainable. eVTOL aircraft are noiseless and emissions-free, making them ideal for urban environments. They can also take off and land vertically, which means that they do not need runways, freeing up valuable space in cities.
“As the technology continues to develop, UAM is likely to become increasingly popular. It has the potential to transform the way we travel, and it could have a major impact on the future of cities.
“Serco Middle East has been has been operating in the air transportation sector since 1947 and is ready to support our clients in making UAM a reality. We are committed to developing and managing the air traffic management systems that will be needed to safely and efficiently integrate UAM into the existing airspace. We are also working to develop the training programmes that will be needed to integrate UAM with traditional air transportation.
“NEOM’s recent achievement in successfully completing a series of air taxi test flights is a significant step forward for the development of UAM in the region. This is the first time that an eVTOL aircraft has received a special flight authorisation and performed test flights in Saudi Arabia. This is a major step forward, and it shows that NEOM is committed to leading the way in the development of UAM.
“We congratulate NEOM on their achievement, and we look forward to working with them to further develop UAM in the region. We believe that UAM has the potential to make a real difference in the way people travel, and we are committed to helping make it a reality.”