Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, Wisk, is partnering with Japan Airlines (JAL) to bring its autonomous all-electric air taxi services to Japan. Wisk will also collaborate with JAL Engineering (JALEC) 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.
“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 AAM in the broader APAC region,” he continued.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the companies involved establishes a framework for research towards launching fleet operations for Wisk’s 6th Generation taxi, including type certification approval in Japan. It also includes the development of a path to complete a demonstration flight in Japan and the introduction of autonomous aircraft into the Japanese national airspace system.
Commenting on the agreement, Wisk’s APAC Regional Director, Catherine MagGowan said: “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.”