Volocopter and SITA partner on vertiport development
Volocopter and air transport industry IT provider, SITA have entered a partnership, with SITA selected as Volocopter’s digital and IT systems partner for vertiports.
Under the agreement SITA has become the latest investor to join Volocopter’s Series E funding round. As part of the project, SITA will develop new operating standards and a digital-first passenger experience. SITA’s portfolio includes a range of IT solutions, including airport management and operations, passenger operations, flight and aircraft operations, baggage processing, and border management.
Sergio Colella, SITA president for Europe, said: “Volocopter is in pole position to make electric air taxis a reality, benefiting from its first-mover advantage. At SITA, we will play a key role in delivering this new digital UAM world and defining a seamless, smarter approach to air travel in a city environment. Together we will turn the theory into practice as early as 2024 when we expect the first commercial eVTOLs to take flight.”
Volocopter’s digital operating system, the VoloIQ, enables a digital-first approach that will translate to end-to-end passenger air transportation experiences. The cloud-based system is in the process of being certified by relevant aviation authorities, including EASA.
Christian Bauer, chief commercial officer at Volocopter, said: “Volocopter consistently takes a holistic ecosystem approach. Working in concert with our partners, we are setting up for commercial operations. This involves establishing the requisite infrastructure, maintenance, flight operations, IT, and customer services. SITA is a leading IT provider for airports and airlines, and we believe there is no better partner to make our seamless travel experience possible.”