Brazilian air taxi start-up FlyBIS this week confirmed plans to establish a fleet of Eve Air Mobility's four-passenger eVTOL aircraft. Under a letter of intent signed on December 8, the company agreed to purchase up to 40 of the all-electric vehicles that Eve aims to have certified and ready to enter service in 2026.
FlyBIS, based in Caxias do Sul, has plans to build an urban air mobility network in Brazil initially. Once eVTOL operations are up and running there, the company aims to expand its air taxi services into neighboring countries.
“This new collaboration with FlyBIS will enable us to expand the future of air mobility to Southern areas of Brazil and other South American countries,” said Eve’s co-CEO Andre Stein. “This region has several high-traffic tourist areas that will benefit from eVTOL operations, reinforcing our commitment to fostering the urban air mobility market in different regions around the world.”
With the new agreement from FlyBIS, Eve now has an order backlog of up to 2,770 eVTOL aircraft—a value of approximately $8 billion—from about two dozen prospective customers. Companies in Eve’s order book include United Airlines, and the Brazilian private aviation charter operator and fractional ownership group Avantto. Eve has said it plans to begin delivering aircraft to its customers in 2026. The public company is still majority-owned by Brazilian aerospace group Embraer.
Eve’s eVTOL is a fully electric, piloted aircraft designed to carry four passengers on short trips of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles). Eventually, the manufacturer aims to switch over to fully autonomous operations, which would free up a seat to allow five passengers to fly in the aircraft.