Partnership will explore urban air vehicles in key emerging market
For the first time in over 30 years Porsche is returning its focus to the aviation industry after partnering with the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing. It was the 1980s when then- CEO Peter Schutz piloted a vision to fit Porsche flat engines into aircraft in the US, and three decades later a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Boeing, who will jointly aim to explore ‘the premium urban air mobility market’ and ‘the extension of urban traffic into airspace’.
“Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel,” says Detlev von Platen, member of the executive board for sales and marketing at Porsche AG. “We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”
Porsche and Boeing are already some way into a project to develop an e-powered vehicle with vertical take-off and landing abilities. An international team comprised of experts from both sides will soon begin testing a prototype.