EHang’s Unmanned EH216-S eVTOL Completes its First Passenger-Carrying Demo Flight in Abu Dhabi

The EH216-S flight was accompanied by demonstration flights of the EH216-L and EH216-F pilotless eVTOLs.

(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Urban air mobility (UAM) technology company EHang Holdings Liimited (NASDAQ: EH) announced today that its pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, the EH216-S, successfully completed the first passenger-carrying demo flight in Abu Dhabi, marking the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and broader Middle East.

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Photo from the EH216-S unmanned eVTOL's first passenger-carrying demo flight in Abu Dhabi, UAE, courtesy of EHang.

Additionally, the EH216-F (for high-rise firefighting) and EH216-L (for aerial logistics) aircraft demonstrated their debut flights in the UAE, per today’s press release from EHang.

Per EHang, the EH216 series pilotless eVTOL aircraft (including EH216-S, EH216-L and EH216-F) performed several autonomous flights at the Emirates Falcons Aviation Club in Al Ali, Abu Dhabi with the approval by the General Civil Aviation Authority (“GCAA”) of the UAE. Mr. Mohamed Al Dhaheri, board member of Multi Level Group (“MLG”), EHang’s local strategic partner, rode on the EH-216, and the demo flights were attended by guests including Emirati royalty, civil aviation authorities, government officials and media representatives.

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Photo of Mr. Mohamed Al Dhaheri, board member of EHang’s strategic partner in Abu Dhabi, Multi Level Group (MLG), taking a ride on the EH216-S; courtesy of EHang.

“Being part of this historic moment is truly exhilarating," said Mr. Al Dhaheri after his flight. "The seamless integration of technology and aviation represents a significant leap forward for our nation, and as an Emirati I am proud to be a part of it.”

Mr. Huazhi Hu, EHang’s Founder, CEO, and Chairman remarked: “After securing the approval for passenger-carrying demo flights and conducting the debut flight, we will actively foster collaboration and communication between the GCAA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China to expedite the progress towards commercial flights of our pilotless aircraft in the UAE, which will become a milestone in the advancement of Abu Dhabi and the global air mobility sector. With strong local government support and valued partnerships, EHang is poised to continue leading the change of UAM in the UAE and beyond.”

Newsfeed: Thursday, May 30, 2024