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Boeing Sees Vast Opportunities for eVTOLs in India

Boeing Sees Vast Opportunities for eVTOLs in India

Boeing India president Salil Gupte believes electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft could shake up the country’s transportation industry. 

Setting the current scene, Gupte said everyday travelers in India spend significantly more time commuting in comparison to their counterparts in other Asian and foreign nations. 

Through the introduction of eVTOLs, drones, and helicopters, Gupte, who is also the chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Aerospace, sees a whole new level of efficiency being introduced to short-haul travel.

“An average Indian traveler spends a substantially higher time commuting compared to short-haul travel his counterpart in other Asian cities and other global cities,” he said. “Technologies that we are discussing since yesterday, drones, helicopters, and e-VTOL have the opportunity to reduce this drastically and India can leapfrog in urban mobility. India is good at that. That is exactly what has happened through telephony in the last 25 years.” 

“India can do the same in transport if it chooses to embrace the AAM technologies provided the country creates the right ecosystem for it.”

India’s Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia also sees immense prospects in advanced air mobility (AAM) and said the country is poised to become the largest civil aviation market within the next 10 years. 

“In that period of change and dynamic flux, the civil aviation sector is making unimaginable strides as never before,” he said at a CII Conference on advanced and short-haul air mobility.

The first step to establishing India as a global market leader in AAM is to have the necessary infrastructure in place. Scindia said this will involve close cooperation with urban city planners.

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