Airbus appoints Eduardo Dominguez Puerta head of urban air mobility

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 29, 2018 10:28

Airbus appoints Eduardo Dominguez Puerta head of urban air mobility

Airbus has appointed Eduardo Dominguez Puerta, as head of urban air mobility (UAM), a new Airbus unit, effective 1 June 2018. In his new function, he will report to Patrick de Castelbajac, Executive Vice President Strategy and International.

With this appointment, Airbus is integrating all its UAM activities – except its current air vehicle projects – through the set-up of a new unit to foster coordination both vis-à-vis internal as well as external parties such as Certification Authorities, Customers, Partners and Suppliers. Based in Munich, the UAM unit will be operating in proximity of the company’s Corporate Technology Office and Unmanned Aerial Systems in Ottobrunn as well as the company’s helicopter plant in Donauwörth.

Currently ongoing vehicle projects will remain in their respective business units and will now be coordinated by the UAM unit. These include: CityAirbus, an electrically-powered Vertical Take-off and Landing air vehicle demonstrator (eVTOL), developed by Airbus Helicopters; Vahana, a self-piloted eVTOL small passenger aircraft, developed by A3, the company’s US-based Innovation Centre in Silicon Valley; and VOOM, the world’s premier on-demand helicopter booking platform.

“After a two-year exploratory phase we now need to gear up, build partnerships with various stakeholders, including air safety agencies, and define and conduct pilot projects. While we continue our vehicle projects, the new unit will be platform-agnostic and open for cooperation with other vehicle manufacturers,” said Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus. “Eduardo with his broad experience is the right person to lead us into the new phase.”

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 29, 2018 10:28