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FRANCE: Paris public transport operator RATP Group has signed a partnership with Airbus to explore the feasibility of developing ‘urban air mobility services’ in the Île-de-France region.

‘Beyond mass transport, which remains our core business, it is important for RATP Group to develop its human and technical know-how in order to develop new mobility and new services for the smart city of tomorrow’, said CEO Catherine Guillouard.

In the longer term, the partners intend to establish a ‘broad ecosystem of relevant partners’ to develop this new transport offer in other large cities around the world.

‘Autonomous flights are no longer part of science fiction’, said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. ‘RATP is one of the major players for urban mobility solutions. Its knowledge of passengers and their needs, as well as associated services, makes it the ideal partner for Airbus.’