Urban Air Mobility
There’s been a great hullabaloo in recent times about the rise of airborne urban transport. Two companies showcased their so-called “flying car” concepts at CES this year, for example. Elsewhere, Airbus completed the first test of its Vahana autonomous air taxi; Uber and NASA partnered for a flying taxi project; AeroMobil unveiled a concept for flying car that can take off vertically and drive on roads; and Lilium raised $90 million to build flying taxis.
It’s becoming increasingly clear which direction urban transport is heading: upwards.
While the technology is pretty much ready to make this happen, one major stumbling block — aside from safety regulation — is infrastructure. Flying cars or air taxis may not need roads for the most part, but they do need somewhere to take off from and land.
And that is where Alacon Aero is looking to invest.
In a world that’s seemingly moving toward urban-focused electronic vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles such as flying taxis, urban transport will play an integral part in Alacon Aero’s offering in the future.
Alacon Aero won’t manufacture or buy its own aircraft — it will work with third parties and serve as a platform for both booking short-distance aviation vehicles and for leasing space as a landing zone for eVTOL vehicles.
With that in mind, Alacon Aero is seeking a tranche of funding from investors.
So why invest? Well, it’s a strategic investment that’s betting that the demand for urban landing pads will grow. And this demand will encroach into more locations where real estate is at a prime. Just as Uber is the largest taxi company, yet owns no taxis, and Airbnb is the largest accommodation provider, yet owns no real estate, Alacon Aero aims to be largest operator of ‘airports’, without owning any infrastructure.