PLANA will deliver 50 eVTOL aircraft to Japan’s SkyTaxi for the hybrid eVTOL CP-01 currently under development. The initial 10 aircrafts will be delivered by 2030, followed by an additional 40 by 2040.
The company has also partnered with SkyTaxi to develop and operate AAM aircraft. SkyTaxi was formed last year by the Daiho Taxi Group, which has been operating taxi companies in the Osaka region of Japan for almost a century.
SkyTaxi is currently training pilots, introducing new aircraft, and conducting operational tests in preparation to launch air routes that will connect Osaka’s city centres, including Umeda and Namba, world heritage and sightseeing destinations all over Japan, as well as Kansai and Kobe airports.
These routes are expected to be operational in time for the 2025 Osaka Expo. SkyTaxi plans to launch long-distance operations focused on the tourism industry, utilising eVTOL aircraft. SkyTaxi stated that PLANA’s CP-01 was chosen due to its significantly longer flight range through the utilisation of a hybrid approach.
PLANA and SkyTaxi will collaborate on the development of AAM aircraft, operational concepts, and interior design concepts that cater to the needs of air taxi operators, market analysis, and demonstrations. It is also planned to develop cross-border AAM air routes utilising the CP-01, which will be supplied by PLANA in the future.
“This collaborative project between PLANA and SkyTaxi will have a huge impact on the global AAM industry by players from Asia,” said Takuto Hojo, CEO of SkyTaxi. “We are committed to developing the best business with PLANA so that we can be a model case for one of Asia’s leading AAM industries.”
PLANA CEO Braden Kim added: “We have opened up a huge potential market in Japan and for the first time in the world, we are looking at cross-border travel. We will proceed with the development of the aircraft according to a roadmap we have designed, and continue to develop more optimised utilisation models by understanding the specificities of each country’s market.”
Last month, PLANA introduced its CP-01 hybrid eVTOL aircraft which combines the advantages of helicopters and aeroplanes, offering fast, efficient, and eco-friendly air mobility solutions.