Skyscape partners with Plana for first eVTOL route between Korea and Japan

Japan­ese Ver­ti­port devel­op­er Sky­Scape will part­ner with Kore­an Hybrid eVTOL man­u­fac­tur­er Plana to devel­op the first eVTOL route between Japan and Korea.

The two com­pa­nies will lay the foun­da­tion for oper­a­tions and infra­struc­ture to devel­op the first inter­na­tion­al route in Asia while at the same time work­ing to pro­mote advanced air mobil­i­ty (AAM) in the Asia Pacif­ic (APAC) region.

Plana’s hybrid air­craft has a range of up to 500 km plus reserve, open­ing new oppor­tu­ni­ties for ser­vice­able routes and access to pre­vi­ous­ly unreach­able loca­tions. SkyScape’s mul­ti-use ver­ti­port infra­struc­ture sup­ports eVTOL oper­a­tions from its loca­tions, as well as oth­er inte­grat­ed AAM sys­tems.

The result sup­ports not only pas­sen­ger oper­a­tions and air­craft upkeep but also stronger com­mu­ni­ty resilience, as well as improved returns for facil­i­ty oper­a­tors.

As Plana is set to debut in a few years time, the team will pro­duce a Con­cept of Oper­a­tions (ConOps) detail­ing oper­a­tions between the two coun­tries and the poten­tial impact the route would have on com­mu­ni­ties with­in the tar­get area.

They will be look­ing at bring­ing in var­i­ous stake­hold­ers from both coun­tries to con­tribute to the work and be involved in the ConOps.

Plana co-founder Miny­oung Ahn com­ment­ed: “Sky­Scape is enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly cre­at­ing an AAM ecosys­tem in the APAC region.

“Through this part­ner­ship, we believe Plana and Sky­Scape will be able to devel­op an acces­si­ble aer­i­al trans­porta­tion net­work and realise it togeth­er for the ben­e­fit of the region.”

Sky­Scape founder Asa Que­sen­ber­ry added: “We couldn’t be hap­pi­er to begin this type of work with anoth­er indus­try leader here in the APAC mar­ket.

“The Plana team has made tremen­dous progress of late, has a tru­ly impres­sive air­craft and shares many of the same beliefs as ours for lever­ag­ing AAM to cre­ate pos­i­tive impact with­in our com­mu­ni­ties and regions.

“We are lucky that the region of focus is large enough to ben­e­fit cit­i­zens from two coun­tries, not just one. As we move into a future empow­ered by AAM, we are excit­ed to work direct­ly with the Plana team to cre­ate a tru­ly unique expe­ri­ence between these two coun­tries.”

Last Fri­day, Vola­tus Infra­struc­ture signed with Plana to work togeth­er on ver­ti­port devel­op­ment and inte­gra­tion of eVTOL oper­a­tions to strength­en the advanced air mobil­i­ty indus­try.

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