Joby Aviation Rolls Out Second Production Aircraft

Two parked Joby Aviation eVTOL aircraft
Photo Credit: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, a pioneer in electric air taxi development, celebrates a major milestone with the groundbreaking of its Pilot Production Line expansion in Marina, California.

Joby more than doubles its manufacturing footprint at the Marina Municipal Airport with the new facility. The expansion is now expected to be up and running by next year.

The ceremony not only marked the groundbreaking on the marina facility. It also showcased Joby’s second production prototype aircraft, fresh off the pilot production line.

This aircraft joins its predecessor at Edwards Air Force Base later in 2024. The manufacturer has two additional aircraft currently in final assembly.

Expanded Marina CA Facility

Joby Aviation designed the expanded facility with a future-oriented vision. It aims to support a target production rate of 25 aircraft annually and will house crucial operational areas.

This will include an expanded pilot training and flight simulation center. This sits alongside aircraft maintenance facilities specifically designed to facilitate the growth of Joby’s commercial operations.

“This facility will be a cornerstone of our future achievements,” stated JoeBen Bevirt, Joby’s Founder and CEO. “We are honored to continue expanding our footprint and workforce in California.”

“Our gratitude extends to the local community and our unwavering supporters who championed our journey. And to Toyota for their ongoing contributions to Joby’s manufacturing success.”

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) awarded Joby a $9.8 million California Competes grant, demonstrating California’s commitment to innovation.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provided the $9.8 million California Competes grant in November 2023. The grant will partially fund the expansion.

Benefits for Tri-County Community

Marina’s Mayor, Bruce Delgado, expressed his enthusiasm, saying “Joby’s presence benefits our entire tri-county community.”

Mayor Delgado delighted in their continued investment in Marina Municipal Airport. “This creates high-tech jobs in clean manufacturing and bringing positive impacts to the local community.”

Monterey County Supervisor Wendy Root-Askew echoed these sentiments, highlighting the significance of public-private partnerships.

“Joby’s ongoing success and growth in Monterey County exemplify the strength of well-executed public-private partnerships. California remains a prime location for companies building the future.”

“We are thrilled about Joby’s expansion in Marina and look forward to future collaborations that benefit our local economy.”

The ceremony included local and regional stakeholders representing the city of Marina and Monterey County. Monterey Bay DART, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, Mujeres en Acción, and many other organizations including Toyota Motor Corporation were present.

A Joby Aviation electric air taxi aircraft over Southern California.
Photo Credit: Joby Aviation

Joby Expansion Plans

This expansion in Marina is just one facet of Joby’s growth strategy. The company recently announced the acquisition of a facility at Dayton International Airport.

This move aligned with their plans to develop scaled manufacturing facilities capable of producing up to 500 aircraft annually.

Joby’s electric air taxi, designed to carry a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph, offers a high-speed transportation solution with minimal noise compared to helicopters and boasts zero operating emissions.

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY) is a California-based transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing air taxi.

This aircraft will operate as part of a fast, quiet, and convenient service in cities around the world.

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