Embraer in talks to merge eVTOL Eve with SPAC backed by Flexjet boss

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After ordering 200 Eve eVTOLs for his OneSky Flight unit that includes Flexjet and Sentient, Kenn Ricci’s Zanite SPAC is in talks with Embraer to take the upstart OEM public, according to Bloomberg

One day after Bloomberg reported that Vista Global Holding is seeking to go public via a SPAC, the website says the principal behind another leading private aviation provider plans a similar move. According to undisclosed sources, Brazil’s Embraer SA is in talks with special purpose acquisition company Zanite Acquisition Corp to merge its Eve Urban Air Mobility unit. This month, OneSky Flight, which includes Flexjet, Sentient, PrivateFly, and FXAIR, ordered 200 eVTOLs from Eve for its newly launched Halo brand. Kenn Ricci heads both OneSky and Zanite.

Flexjet, Sentient parent OneSky orders 200 Embraer Eve eVTOLs

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The order follows Directional Aviation’s purchase of helicopter operators Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) and Halo Aviation, Ltd., both being rebranded as Halo

Flexjet and Sentient Jet customers could see benefits from Directional’s vertical strategy by the Fall

This morning, Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight unit said it had ordered 200 eVTOLs from Embraer-backed Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions. It continues a longstanding partnership with the Brazilian OEM. Flexjet uses the Phenom 300 as its light jet option. It has made the Praetor 500 and 600 the core of its midsize and super-midsize fleet.

Flexjet, Sentient Jet acquire another helicopter operator

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Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight, parent of Flexjet and Sentient, says it is targeting managed helicopter fleets, this time adding a U.K.-based operator

Flexjet, the second-largest fractional fleet operator, and sister Sentient Jet, a leader in jet cards, now have a second helicopter operator in the OneSky Flight portfolio. Halo Aviation Ltd., an operator in the United Kingdom, follows the acquisition earlier this year of Associated Aircraft Group (AAG). The latter operates Sikorsky helicopters in the Northeastern U.S.

Why Flexjet decided to launch Europe during a pandemic

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Flexjet Europe managing director Marine Eugene tells the story behind Flexjet’s surprise decision to move forward with its launch last year

One of private aviation’s worst kept secrets was Flexjet’s planned entrance into Europe last May at the annual European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition held annually in Geneva. Expectations were a big party and lots of festivities. For Flexjet, it was to be an important step in its never-ending battle with market leader NetJets.

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