According to Front End CEO, Electric Passenger Drones will debut in Saudi Arabia by year’s End.

According to Front End CEO, Electric Passenger Drones will debut in Saudi Arabia by year’s End.

RIYADH: According to the CEO of Front End, an Alkhobar-based company, electric passenger drones will be introduced in the Kingdom by the end of this year.

Majid Al-Ghaslan, the company’s chairman, told Arab News that Front End’s partnership with Chinese electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle developer EHang makes implementing such electric flights easier in the Kingdom. He made this statement on the fringes of the Future Aviation Forum.

“We’re pushing the boundary of air traffic and urban traffic management systems,” stated Al-Ghaslan. Thus, here in the Kingdom, we discuss this with the Civil Aviation Authority (General Authority of Civil Aviation). Our stance and that of the Ministry of Transport are very similar.

“We have electric cars and buses now; you’re going to have electric passenger flights,” he continued. Additionally, this is currently in operation in numerous cities worldwide. We want Riyadh to be the first, as well as the major cities surrounding the Kingdom. The plan is to begin the pilot programme this year, to launch the service concurrently.

The official went on to say that deploying these passenger-carrying electric drones in the Kingdom is possible because similar services are successfully operating in China, Indonesia, and Japan.

He disclosed during the discussion that these vertically taking off electric flights could be utilized for passenger transportation and logistical needs.

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