Wisk Aero and Japan Airlines have teamed up to bring Wisk Aero autonomous eVTOL air taxis to Japan, with plans to develop the maintenance and operation of Wisk’s air taxi services.

The partners have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for collaboration between the two companies as well as the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and other relevant Japanese Government bodies.

This framework will include research towards Wisk’s sixth-generation air taxi, discussions of establishing an Air Operators Certificate for future Wisk operations, developing a path to a demonstration flight and introducing autonomous aircraft into Japan’s national airspace system.

“Wisk and Japan Airlines share a commitment to safe, accessible transportation and to ensuring that our services provide long-term benefits to the communities that we serve,” said Wisk CEO Brian Yutko. “We look forward to working together to bring autonomous everyday flight to Japan and to further Advanced Air Mobility in the broader APAC region.”

“Japan represents a large, densely populated market where air taxi services can provide real, positive impact for local communities,” added Catherine MacGowan, APAC Regional Director, Wisk. “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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