UAP: Vertiports offer ‘serious commercial potential’

By Luke Barras-hill |

Brand partners have the chance to forge a ‘worldwide retail network’ across Urban-Air Port’s infrastructure sites, according to the company, after it secured funding from Supernal to help develop more than 200 vertiport sites worldwide.

As reported, the Urban-Air Choice platform galvanises retail and F&B brands and service operators under one umbrella to offer a suite of physical and digital commercial opportunities – including via the UAP Urban-Air Choice app.

“In state-of-the-art facilities, with digital experience enabled, our brand partners will be able to establish a global retail network under the Urban-Air Choice umbrella,” Keith Hunter, Chief Retail Officer, UAP told TRBusiness.

“It will also enable the development of the Urban-Air Port App, giving customers control over what they view and how they interact with the retail, as well as the other services on offer.


“While we strongly believe we will continue to expand far beyond 200 locations, a network of that size, accompanied by our app, generates huge exposure and opportunity for our brand and service partners and brings serious volume potential to our commercial model.”

Hunter pointed to the white space opportunities for developing commercial footprints, including retail, during a worldwide exclusive session at the inaugural TR Consumer Forum in September.

Supernal’s investment in the UK start-up will allow it to scale up its infrastructure through a network of at least 200 vertiport sites in the coming five years. Keith Hunter, Chief Retail Officer, UAP (second left) and Ricky Sandhu, Founder + Executive Chairman, UAP (far left) discussed the company’s ambitions on stage at the TR Consumer Forum in September.

This shone the light on – for the first time at a live event – the Urban-Air Port concept, while discussing future air mobility.

By working closely with brands, operators and service providers, the commercial model hopes to alleviate some of the existing challenges associated with traditional airport retail while championing new brands and services with a particular focus on the passenger experience.

“Urban-Air Ports offer a very special retail opportunity,” continued Hunter. “Our aim, throughout all our expansion, is to be sustainable and green wherever possible, as well as being able to facilitate the delivery of future consumers’ needs.

“Initially, Air-One will showcase innovative and engaging experiences from some of these sorts of retailers where even the fixtures and fittings used are environmentally sound.”

The world’s first fully operational hub for eVTOLs, Air-One, will open for public visitation in Coventry City Centre in April.

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