Akihabara News (Tokyo) — SkyTaxi (also known as SoratobuTaxi Co.), a company that was formed last year by the Daiho Taxi Group, has decided to take the lead in bringing South Korean eVTOLs (flying cars) into the Japanese market.
In an agreement signed earlier this month, it was decided that Osaka-based SkyTaxi would acquire fifty units of the Plana hybrid eVTOL CP-01, which is currently under development.
The pact calls for the first ten aircraft to be delivered in 2030 and the remaining forty over the succeeding decade.
Commenting on the agreement, SkyTaxi CEO Takuto Hojo stated that “this collaborative project between Plana and SkyTaxi will have a huge impact on the global advanced air mobility industry by players from Asia. We are committed to developing the best business with Plana so that we can be a model case for one of Asia’s leading advanced air mobility industries.
The joint statement issued by the partners explains that “they are preparing to launch air routes that will connect Osaka’s city centers, including Umeda and Namba, world heritage, and sightseeing destinations all over Japan, as well as Kansai and Kobe airports.”
The fact that the Plana aircraft uses a hybrid and not entirely electric propulsion system is expected to set it apart from some of its potential rivals. It is anticipated that it will have a much longer flying range.
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