UAE issues licenses for BETA’s electric aircraft, UPS will operate


The UAE Regulations Lab has now issued licenses for both of BETA Technologies’ electric aircraft, which will be flight tested by UPS in the region.

The issuance of the electric aircraft license comes under the RegLab’s national mission to align “regulation speed with innovation speed”, by creating laws and regulations that keep pace with the rapid developments and changes in sectors such as mobility. The temporary license comes in collaboration with the United Parcel Service (UPS.

Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, and Chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said: “The UAE is keen to adopt international best practices and advanced technologies in the air cargo industry. Our country has become one of the most developed countries in the efficiency of air cargo operations. The application of the electric air cargo system will impact this sector positively, in accordance with the best standards of sustainability.”

Maryam Al Hammadi, Minister of State, Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet, said that the UAE has succeeded in achieving significant strides in the field of sustainability and combatting climate change.

“The Regulations Lab works with a number of experts, legislators from the federal and local government entities, private sector and entrepreneurs,” said Al Hammadi. “The Lab’s mission is to develop new legislations that contributes to designing and adopting a flexible legislative system that keeps pace with the requirements of sustainability, and aligns the speed of regulations with the speed of innovation.”

Bala Subramanian, UPS chief digital and technology officer, added: “These incredible aircraft serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce emissions in our air and ground operations. With the support from the UAE government, we’re excited to focus on innovations that meet the needs of our business, our customers and the environment.”