Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (Eve), an Embraer company, and Sydney Seaplanes, a leader in the transition to sustainable aviation, today announced a partnership that will lay the foundation for new electric air taxi operations in Greater Sydney. With the partnership, Sydney Seaplanes has placed an order for 50 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), with progressive deliveries expected to commence from 2026.
The new partnership accelerates the progress towards 100% of greater Sydney’s local tourism and commuter flights coming from zero emission electric aviation.
Sydney Seaplanes first took to the air in 2005, with just one 6 seat De Havilland Beaver seaplane. Since those modest beginnings, Sydney Seaplanes has become an iconic tourism service, an integral part of the daily workings of Sydney Harbour and one of the largest tourism flight operators in Australia. Since commencing services Sydney Seaplanes has flown over 425,000 passengers on 80,000 flights.
In 2020, Sydney seaplanes announced plans to create an all-electric and zero-emissions regional airline Alt Air as soon as 2022, with first all-electric flights planned as early as 2024. Introducing eVTOL aircraft offers an opportunity to extend the catchment of the Rose Bay aviation facilities to efficiently serve all of Greater Sydney.