Eve Air Mobility and Skyports are working together to support the development of a new Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for Advanced Air Mobility for the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.
The initiative aims to provide a shared vision of airspace design, operation, infrastructure, and other benefits to enable AAM operation in Japan. It The involves partners including Kanematsu Corporation, the major Japanese trading company with businesses in the aerospace industry, and Japan Airlines (JAL), the main Japanese passenger airline for domestic and international air transportation.
Duncan Walker, Chief Executive Officer at Skyports, said: “Our partnership with Eve continues to provide an important means of helping authorities around the world understand and develop the optimum conditions to enable commercial electric air taxi operations. We are honoured to be able to bring our unique knowledge of infrastructure provision to bear for JCAB to accelerate the adoption of advanced air mobility across Japan.”
Eve has partnered with Skyports in multiple and diverse concepts worldwide, forming cooperation that examines the AAM ecosystem required for distinctive operating environments across the globe. This unique experience benefits the preparation of Japan’s CONOPS and ensures that the needs of users, the Japanese community, and other stakeholders will be taken into account.
Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve, added: “We are excited about partnering with Skyports on this new project that will introduce sustainable advanced air mobility to Japan. Our collaborations have successfully designed distinct and optimized mobility ecosystems across the world, and we look forward to using this experience to help JCAB establish the CONOPS for Japan.”
Japan continues to accelerate its movements on becoming one of the first countries to adopt AAM services. In recent weeks, Joby Aviation has confirmed it is working with ANA Holdings to establish a aerial ride-sharing service, while EHang announced its first order for the company’s long-range VT30 eVTOL aircraft and a pre-order for 50 of its 216 AAV from AirX.
Japan Airlines has also selected Vertical Aerospace’s VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon’s orderbook, while Volocopter has joined Osaka Roundtable to underline its commitment to launching service in the near future. Other companies which have signed partnerships in Japan include Dufour Aerospace and Wingcopter.
To-date, Eve has been dedicated to safely enabling and scaling the AAM ecosystem globally. It will provide a holistic portfolio of solutions, including an eVTOL aircraft, comprehensive global services and support network and a unique air traffic management solution.