Helibravo Aviação and Bluenest by Globalvia announced a cooperation agreement at AAM Summit Lisbon to jointly promote UAM and AAM in Portugal.
By combining each company’s capabilities and experience in operations and infrastructure, they are set to foster the development, deployment, and operation of vertiports and eVTOLs.
The development of this collaboration, aligned strategy and pilot projects, will allow to evaluate, and validate the transition from conventional helicopter flights to advanced air mobility with eVTOL aircrafts. The goal is demonstrating the feasibility, safety, and affordability of UAM/AAM projects, including how the traditional heliports infrastructure will evolve into vertiports.
Helibravo Aviação has experience in certifying and managing heliport infrastructure. Helibravo employs 100% Portuguese technicians, engineers and pilots and manages its own fleet and operations. The awareness of the importance of finding alternatives and evolving from helicopter to eVTOL flights for UAM/AAM, ensuring safety, efficiency, sustainability, and operability is paramount. Optimizing the service to passengers and cargo in vertiports was the key to develop a Joint Venture project with Bluenest by Globalvia, an expert in air mobility infrastructure, with the objective to test the first designs and systems developed in a real operational environment to gather relevant data in Portugal as a benchmark, including demo test flights with an eVTOL.
Hence, the aim of this collaboration is to co-develop the first network of vertiports that will launch Urban Air Mobility in key locations in Portugal, for both passengers and goods. Additionally, both companies will explore future commercial operations in vertiports for air shuttle, panoramic tours, and emergency services.
“By joining forces with Helibravo, we are confident that we can accelerate the development of urban air mobility in Portugal. Our partnership will make it easier to overcome challenges and leverage our collective expertise, and we look forward to delivering a new era of mobility to the region,” said Jose Rodriguez, Managing Director of Bluenest by Globalvia.
“The transition from our current business model with helicopters operations to sustainable mobility and UAM operations of eVTOLs has been our vision as a natural evolution of Helibravo. The strategic collaboration with Bluenest is paramount to ensure our joint mission to populate Portugal with vertiports, ensuring safety, experience, and efficiency in the required infrastructure,” added João Bravo, CEO of Helibravo Aviação.
This undertaking will bring significant benefits to both parties to jointly tackle the challenges for the urban air mobility to thrive in Portugal, with real projects, tests, and joint commercialization efforts. With this significant milestone in the development of Urban Air Mobility in Portugal, Helibravo and Bluenest by Globalvia demonstrate their commitment to advancing innovative solutions for sustainable and efficient transportation.