South Korea’s PLANA wins iF Design Award

Render of a PLANA advanced air mobility aircraft cabin interior.
Image Credit: PLANA

PLANA, a South Korean hybrid Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft developer, has won the Professional Concept category of the highly esteemed iF Design Awards.

The iF Design Awards, which are held annually in Germany, are considered one of the top three design awards globally, alongside the Red Dot Design Award and IDEA.

Over 11,000 products were submitted from around the world, making the award highly competitive.

PLANA’s AAM aircraft design was recognized for its exceptional design, which focuses on passenger comfort, safety, and convenience.

The aircraft’s six tilt-rotor layout ensures stability, while its aerodynamic exterior design complements the aircraft’s high-performance capabilities.

Its passenger-centric, utility-focused cabin can accommodate up to six passengers and features wide symmetrical doors for easy boarding, three-point belts, bucket seats for passenger safety, and various convenient storage spaces.

A render of a PLANA AAM aircraft in flight.
Image Credit: PLANA

eVTOL aircraft development

PLANA has now joined a select group of eVTOL aircraft developers, including Lilium from Germany, and Vertical Aerospace from the United Kingdom, both who have received this prestigious award.

PLANA has applied for four design registrations with the Korean Intellectual Property Office since last year, with pending applications for various parts of the aircraft, including the cockpit.

This recognition from the iF Design Awards reflects PLANA’s customer-centric design philosophy and its commitment to excellence in the fast-approaching era of air mobility.

Jinmo Lee, the Chief Product Officer (CPO) of PLANA, expressed his delight at winning the iF Design Award and pledged to continue investing in research and development to stay at the forefront of the air mobility industry.

What is Advanced Air Mobility? 

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) refers to the next generation of air transportation systems that are being developed to provide safer, more efficient, and more sustainable transportation options in urban and suburban areas.

AAM includes a wide range of technologies and applications, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, air taxis, drones, and other types of autonomous aerial vehicles.

AAM has the potential to transform transportation by reducing congestion, improving connectivity, and reducing travel times.

It can also provide new opportunities for businesses and individuals by enabling faster and more efficient transportation of goods and people.

However, the development of AAM also presents significant technical, regulatory, and societal challenges. Ensuring the safety and security of AAM systems will be critical to gaining public trust and acceptance of this new mode of transportation.


PLANA is a hybrid based AAM developer. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), a concept that encompasses both Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM), is gaining traction as a new mode of transportation to connect areas not served by traditional air services.

We are developing an aircraft that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80% compared to conventional helicopters. With a range of 500 kilometers, and a payload to fit a pilot and up to six passengers. PLANA is currently testing and validating a scaled-down aircraft.

The company recently opened two offices in the USA and is working on the FAA certification while expanding its global ecosystem.

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