May 8, 2024

UrbanLink Air Mobility places order for 20 eVTOL aircraft

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UrbanLink Air Mobility UrbanLink Air Mobility LLC, a South Florida-based start-up, will revolutionize transportation as the first provider of all electric zero emission advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions and is positioned to make history as the first airline in the U.S. to integrate electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft into its fleet.

UrbanLink Air Mobility to Provide Advanced Air Mobility Solutions in South Florida UrbanLink is a South Florida-based advanced air mobility (AAM) company dedicated to revolutionizing urban transportation through innovative air mobility solutions. Led by aviation industry veteran Ed Wegel, UrbanLink is committed to creating smarter, more efficient transportation systems that enhance connectivity and sustainability in South Florida and beyond. UrbanLink is currently positioned to be the first provider of all electric zero emission AAM solutions and is poised to make history as the first airline in the U.S. to integrate electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft into its fleet.

UrbanLink will lead the entry into service and management of AAM in South Florida, and will expand to other markets, including Los Angeles, playing a vital role in the seamless integration of AAM into the existing transportation infrastructure. UrbanLink expects to start the certification process, subject to all FAA and DOT approvals, in Q4 2025 with entry into revenue service by Summer 2026.

UrbanLink’s launch comes at a critical time when cities worldwide are grappling with congestion and environmental challenges. By harnessing leading composite airframe and electric engine technology, UrbanLink will transform the way people move to and from as well as within urban cores, enhancing connectivity and sustainability. Additionally, as the industry begins to transition toward all-electric aircraft, which produce zero carbon emissions, AAM will play a crucial role in driving the aviation industry’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

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Ed Wegel

“Advanced air mobility is quickly becoming a reality and UrbanLink will lead the charge in bringing this transformative technology to life in South Florida as well as additional U.S. and overseas markets,” said Ed Wegel, Founder and Chairman of UrbanLink. “Our team is passionate about leveraging AAM to create smarter, more efficient transportation solutions that positively impact communities. South Florida, with its unique geographical and demographic characteristics, presents an exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate the transformative potential of air mobility.”

UrbanLink is collaborating with stakeholders across the public and private sectors to develop integrated AAM systems tailored to the needs of South Florida. Through strategic partnerships and investment in aircraft and development, UrbanLink aims to establish itself as a leader in the AAM sector, driving innovation and helping to shape the future of regional air transportation.

UrbanLink Chairman Ed Wegel will delivered a keynote presentation at CoMotion Miami 2024 on May 6-7 at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. The conference showcases the latest innovations and trends in urban mobility. During the conference, Wegel addressed the challenges and opportunities in making urban air mobility a reality and signed an order for 20 eVTOL aircraft with one of the leading eVTOL aircraft manufacturers.

Wegel, a 40-year executive in airline financing, operations, and aircraft certification, has brought several new aircraft types into service in the US market, including the BAe J41, the Embraer E-145, and the Airbus A321 freighter. He has raised more than $1 billion in equity and debt for aviation ventures, and has led FAA certifications for two U.S. Part 135 airlines and several U.S. Part 121 carriers, including achieving the 2014 certification of Eastern Air Lines’ 737-800 fleet within a record-breaking eight months. He also led the 2020 certification of Global Crossing Airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline now operates 17 A320 family aircraft.

To help lead the charge at UrbanLink, Wegel has recruited a world-class team of seasoned aviation professionals to make up its management team and board of directors. The appointments will be announced in the coming weeks along with critical strategic partners that will assist in accelerating UrbanLink’s certification and growth.

For more information about UrbanLink and its mission to advance air mobility solutions, visit www.flyurbanlink.com.