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Wisk to Introduce Autonomous Air Taxi with Japan Airlines

Wisk to Introduce Autonomous Air Taxi with Japan Airlines

Wisk Aero, the developer of the self-flying Generation 6 eVTOL, has partnered with Japan Airlines to introduce an autonomous air taxi service in Japan. 

Wisk CEO Brian Yutko said the agreement will provide a new, seamless mode of transportation to the people of Japan and further enhance APAC’s standing in the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry. 

“We are excited to be partnering with Japan Airlines, a highly-respected leader in aviation both in Japan and globally,” he said. “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.”

Catherine MacGowan, Wisk’s APAC Regional Director, said kickstarting operations in Japan will only be the first step in the company’s plans to tap into the APAC market. 

“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,” MacGowan said. 

As part of the announcement, Wisk has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with JAL Engineering (JALEC) that revolves around the general maintenance and operations of Wisk’s electric aircraft. 

Under the deal, the two companies will also explore obtaining type certification approval and safety measures in collaboration with the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and other government agencies.

JALEC CEO Ryo Tamura said, “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.”

Wisk is developing its four-passenger all-electric air taxi that can fly 144 km at a cruising speed of 203 to 222 kph.

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