Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility company, and Japan Airlines (JAL), an international airline based in Japan, are partnering to bring Wisk’s self-flying, all-electric air taxi services to Japan.
Additionally, Wisk and JAL Engineering (JALEC), will work closely together to develop plans for the maintenance and operation of Wisk’s autonomous air taxis.
“We are excited to be partnering with Japan Airlines, a highly-respected leader in aviation both in Japan and globally,” said Brian Yutko, CEO of Wisk.
Safe, accessible transportation
“Wisk and Japan Airlines share a commitment to safe, accessible transportation and to ensuring that our services provide long-term benefit to the communities that we serve. We look forward to working together to bring autonomous everyday flight to Japan and to further advancing Advanced Air Mobility in the broader APAC region.”
“We are very honoured to partner with Wisk, a pioneer in autonomous eVTOL aircraft development. In Japan, the introduction of autonomous air travel is developing and we strongly feel that this partnership with Wisk is the first step towards the development of the next generation of safe air mobility in Japan,” said Ryo Tamura, CEO of JALEC.
Collaboration between the two companies
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed that establishes a framework for collaboration between the two companies, as well as between the two companies and the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), and other relevant Japanese Government agencies.
This will include careful consideration of regulatory requirements, safety measures, and how the community can benefit from advanced air mobility through the use of Wisk’s 6th Generation self-flying, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
“We are thrilled to be announcing this new partnership with Japan Airlines, a partner that so closely shares our values,” said Catherine MacGowan, Wisk’s APAC Regional Director.
“Japan represents a large, densely populated market where air taxi services can provide real, positive impact for local communities. We look forward to further pursuing the potential introduction of our self-flying, all-electric air taxis in Japan, and are encouraged by the growing interest within the broader APAC region for these types of services.
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