Signature to supply Skyport infrastructure to Uber

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Signature Flight Support has entered a nationwide partnership Uber Elevate, facilitating ground based operations and skyport infrastructure for Uber Air.

Signature is Uber Elevate’s first nationwide operations and on-airport infrastructure partner. Signature will also be the ground-based operator of choice for Uber Copter services, which offers the first real demonstration of the Elevate experience.

Uber plans to operate a network of electric air taxis in cities worldwide to enable four-person shared flights in densely populated urban markets. These electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) differ from helicopters in that aim to be orders of magnitude quieter, safer, more affordable, and more environmentally friendly.

Mark Johnstone, group chief executive officer at Signature Flight Support, said, “We’re thrilled to join forces with Uber on this ground breaking initiative that will be a first of its kind in our industry. This is a powerful partnership that will leverage Signature Flight Support’s industry leading scale, distribution and aviation expertise and marry it with the innovative services and technology leadership of Uber to forge a bold new vision for the future of transportation.”

Shawn Hall, chief commercial officer, Signature Flight Support, added, “Signature Flight Support is on a mission to define and deliver NextGen Aviation services and experiences for all of our customers and partners. Our collaboration with Uber is just one example of our new, expanded approach to providing seamless end-to-end travel experiences in compelling, disruptive and innovative ways.”

As an FBO operator for Uber Elevate, Signature intends to apply its expertise to support skyport infrastructure and operations serving eVTOL passenger pickups and dropoffs at their on-airport locations, as well as designated purpose-built eVTOL urban skyports. In the immediate future, Uber and Signature will co-develop industry leading practices around safety and customer experience for Urban Air Mobility.

Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, said, “Signature Flight Support’s operational prowess and industry leading understanding of the private aviation space makes them an ideal fit for Uber Elevate’s business. Efficient and safe skyports are a critical component of our business model, and our future collaboration with Signature will allow for a seamless rider experience from the moment they arrive at a Skyport, to the moment they depart.”

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