Airbus eyes helicopter potential

Airbus plans to roll out an on-demand helicopter booking platform in Shenzhen, according to Derek Cheng, head of Asia-Pacific Urban Air Mobility at Airbus.

The company already has a memorandum of understanding with the Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau to launch the on-demand helicopter booking platform, Voom.

“(The bureau is) helping us with the promotion and acceleration of urban air mobility in Shenzhen, as well as creating a local ecosystem,” Cheng said. “This slides in quite nicely with what they want to do in the greater bay area for connectivity, where they can link up 11 cities in the region,” Cheng said.

Airbus launched an innovation center in Shenzhen in February. It’s the company’s first in Asia and second worldwide after Silicon Valley.

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