EHang launches hotel air taxi services – journalists take first rides

EHang Holdings Limited has announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with LN Holdings, a Shenzhen-listed tourism platform company, to further commercialize its autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) operations by integrating Urban Air Mobility solutions into the latter’s hotel/tourism businesses.

According to an EHang press release: “As one of the collaboration initiatives, the introduction of EHang 216 AAV services into (the) LN Garden Hotel will make it the world’s first hotel to offer such services to its customers.

Senior executives from both companies attended a signing ceremony in Guangzhou on May 9, including Edward Xu, Chief Strategy Officer of EHang, and Feng Jing, Party Secretary and Chairman of LN Group. Representatives from major media organizations were also invited to take rides on EHang 216 AAVs onsite for aerial trips over the hotel.

“The partnership between EHang and LN Holdings will start with a pilot program at the LN Garden Hotel in Nansha, a coastal district in Guangzhou, to build the world’s first UAM theme hotel. The program will promote the innovative integration of aerial sightseeing, traveler transportation, air logistics, aerial media light shows, intelligent exhibitions and education. It will also promote the new experience of air tourism and explore other commercial use cases for EHang AAVs.

“This cross-sector collaboration intends to set an example for integrated operation of air mobility solutions in the tourism industry, while also contributing to establishing Guangzhou as China’s first and the world’s leading UAM smart city and shaping the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to be the best place to live, work and travel.

“Hu Huazhi, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang, said, “We are excited to establish a comprehensive and long-term str