Joby and ANA Holdings partner to develop vertiports in Japan

A Joby eVTOL air taxi aircraft in flight.
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Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY) has teamed up with ANA Holdings Inc. and Nomura Real Estate Development Co. Ltd. to pave the way for the future of eVTOL air transportation in Japan.

This new partnership focuses on the development of vertiports, a crucial component for the commercialization of Joby’s all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The Vision for Vertiports

The collaboration between Joby Aviation, ANA HD, and NRE aims to explore various aspects of vertiport development.

These include design, location, operation, and financing, with the goal of establishing a robust network of vertiports across Japan.

The initial focus will be on metropolitan areas like Tokyo, expanding gradually to encompass key urban centers throughout the country.


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Tokyo as an eVTOL Launchpad

As a testament to Joby’s commitment to the Japanese market, the company has assumed the role of a technical advisor to the Tokyo Bay eSG Project.

This innovative project, spearheaded by NRE and supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, will showcase diverse multi-modal mobility solutions, including a floating landing port in Tokyo Bay.

By actively participating in such initiatives, Joby aims to integrate its electric air taxi services seamlessly into the fabric of Tokyo’s transportation landscape.

Community Engagement and Acceptance

Recognizing the importance of community acceptance, Joby, ANA HD, and NRE will collaborate with local stakeholders to introduce the advantages of this groundbreaking technology.

Through engaging with diverse communities, the partners seek to create a positive reception for air taxi services, fostering a sense of familiarity and understanding.

This collaboration marks a continuation of the partnership between Joby and ANA HD, initiated in 2022 to bring electric air taxi services to Japan.

NRE, as one of Japan’s prominent real estate developers, further strengthens the trio’s capabilities in developing air taxi services.

Both Joby and ANA HD are active members of Japan’s Public-Private Conference for the Future Air Mobility Revolution, an initiative by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry aimed at accelerating the adoption of aerial ridesharing in the country.

Regulatory Advancements

In a significant move towards regulatory compliance, Joby announced in 2022 that it had applied for validation of its Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) type certification for eVTOL operations.

Upon receiving this certification, the company will collaborate with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to ensure compliance with local regulations.

Ongoing familiarization activities with JCAB officials reflect Joby’s dedication to preparing for integrated commercial operations in Japan.

Joby’s Air Taxi

Joby’s eVTOL aircraft is designed to carry a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph, providing high-speed mobility with minimal noise and zero in-flight emissions.

The eco-friendly design and advanced technology position Joby’s air taxi as a frontrunner in shaping the future of sustainable urban air transportation.

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