ANA aiming to launch air taxi service
Launching an air taxi service in Japan
Japanese airline operator ANA Holdings is forming a partnership with a US aeronautical startup, with a view to launching an air taxi service in Japan.
ANA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Joby Aviation, the California-based developer of a so-called flying car that can take off and land vertically like a drone.
The five-seat, all-electric aircraft is said to have a range of 240 kilometers and a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour.
ANA says the aircraft can dramatically cut travel time in metropolitan areas from a commuter hub to a nearby airport.
The two companies will collaborate on pilot training, flight operations, infrastructure development, and promoting air taxis to the public. Toyota Motor is also joining the partnership to integrate ground transportation.