Wisk Aero and Japan Airlines (JAL) are partnering to bring Wisk's autonomous, fully electric air cab services to Japan. A memorandum of understanding establishes a framework for research to launch the operation of a fleet of Wisk's 6th generation air cabs, including the approval of type certification in Japan by JCAB, the local equivalent of the FAA.
Wisk Aero partners with Japan Airlines
Wisk Aero and Japan Airlines (JAL) are partnering to bring Wisk's autonomous, fully electric air cab services to Japan. In addition, Wisk and JAL Engineering (JALEC) will work closely together to develop maintenance and operation plans for Wisk's autonomous air cabs. "We are delighted to partner with Japan Airlines, a highly respected leader in the aviation industry in Japan and around the world," said Brian Yutko, CEO of Wisk. "Wisk and Japan Airlines share a commitment to safe and accessible transportation and ensuring that our services benefit the communities we serve over the long term. We look forward to working together to bring daily autonomous flight to Japan and to continue to advance advanced air mobility in the broader APAC region."
Autonomous Air Transport
"We are very honored to partner with Wisk, a pioneer in the development of autonomous eVTOL aircraft. In Japan, the introduction of autonomous air transport is growing and we believe that this partnership with Wisk is the first step towards developing the next generation of safe air mobility in Japan," said Ryo Tamura, CEO of JALEC. A memorandum of understanding has been signed that establishes a framework for collaboration between the two companies, as well as between the two companies and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), and other relevant Japanese government agencies. This will include a close examination of regulatory requirements, safety measures, and how the community can benefit from advanced air mobility through the use of Wisk's self-flying 6th generation electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL).
A memorandum of understanding to frame research
Specifically, the memorandum of understanding establishes a framework for research to launch the operation of a fleet of Wisk's 6th generation cab aircraft, including approval of type certification in Japan. But also support discussions with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and relevant Japanese government agencies, if any, on the establishment of a Wisk operation under an air operator certificate in Japan in the future. This framework of will also enable the development of a path to demonstration flight in Japan and the introduction of autonomous aircraft into the Japanese national airspace system. "Japan represents a large and densely populated market where air cab services can have a real and positive impact on local communities. We look forward to pursuing the potential introduction of our autonomous and fully electric air cabs in Japan, and are encouraged by the APAC region's growing interest in this type of service," commented Catherine MacGowan, Wisk's APAC regional director.
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