Ehang announced on March 10th a strategic partnership with Aerotree Flight Services, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s leading aviation company AEROTREE Group, to jointly develop urban air mobility business, including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul and training, in Malaysia. EHang reports that due to this partnership, AEROTREE has placed the largest pre-order for EHang’s electric passenger-grade AAVs in Malaysia for 50 units of the EH216 series, which includes the EH216-S1, EH216-L, and EH216-F, as well as 10 units of the VT-30, EHang’s long-range eVTOL. Prior to this partnership announcement, AEROTREE had purchased one unit of the EH216-S AAV from EHang.
The partnership is now also being touted as one of the largest, if not the largest, pre-order of AAV aircraft from a Malaysian operator in history.
Dato’ Halim Bin Othman, Managing Director of AEROTREE Group, said, “We are very excited about our strategic partnership with EHang to introduce the world’s leading safe, sustainable and autonomous aerial vehicles to the Malaysian market. Leveraging our full spectrum of capabilities and partnerships that span from MRO to training, we eagerly anticipate using EHang AAVs for Malaysia’s UAM projects and civil aviation.”
Mr. Huazhi Hu, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang, said, “We are pleased to enter the Malaysian market and increase our presence there through our cooperation with AEROTREE. Our comprehensive AAV products and solutions are well suited to a variety of intracity and intercity UAM use cases in Malaysia, such as passenger transportation, aerial sightseeing, aerial firefighting and aerial logistics. The rising demand and pre-orders for a large number of our passenger-grade AAVs from Japan and Malaysia will unleash great market potential for EHang in Asia.”
Why it’s important: The order reflects a growing network of operators of advanced aerial mobility aircraft in Malaysia, and will aid in the development of further route networks that offer more data to new environmental and operational schema. The pace of orders has continued at a steady to more rapid pace in the recent months, as demand to jockey for position in line for AAV orders grows.