Volocopter, an urban air mobility pioneer, has won the 2023 Franco-German Business Award, celebrating exceptional collaborations and extraordinary individuals working across the two nations.
The winner of the accolade was selected by a distinguished jury and presented by Marie Guillemot, Chairwoman and CEO of KPMG France.
The awards ceremony was held on 2nd February 2023 in Paris on the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty. Key figures attended the ceremony, including Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications; the German Federal Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport; German Ambassador to France Hans-Dieter Lukas; and upwards of 200 business, politics, and culture representatives.
Dirk Hoke, Volocopter CEO, said: “It is an honor for us to receive the French-German Business Award in this landmark anniversary year. Volocopter aspires to become a truly global company, with the first steps scheduled to be taken in Europe, in the spirit of French-German collaboration, with our plans to launch air taxis in Paris by 2024. Volocopter will be the company that writes the next chapter in the aviation history of our two great nations.”
Volocopter develops electrically powered air taxis that are set to transform urban transportation with a supplementary form of mobility. The company is said to be working closely with Paris Airports and the city’s public transportation authority (RATP) to bring commercial air taxi services to the French capital by 2024.
The Bruchsal-based company recently presented this promising collaboration between these two neighboring countries to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty.