Taking a step closer to the commercial aviation service it envisions, Joby Aviation said it conducted a successful exhibition flight of its electric flying vehicle in New York City on Sunday.
Joby on Sept. 18 announced plans to build the first large manufacturing operation of its piloted, four-passenger electric aircraft to a site near Dayton International Airport by 2025, the year it hopes to launch commercial passenger service with its electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
Sunday’s event marks the first electric air taxi flight in the city and the first time Joby has flown in an urban setting, the Santa Cruz-Calif-based company said.
The aircraft was flown Sunday from a Manhattan heliport, following several days of preparation flights at a heliport in Kearny, N.J.
“By electrifying one of the most famous heliports in the world, New York is demonstrating global leadership in the adoption of electric air travel. We’re grateful for the support of the city, and we’re honored to be working with visionary partners like Delta Air Lines to bring our air taxi service to this market,” JoeBen Bevirt, founder and chief executive of Joby Aviation, said in a statement Monday. “We plan to make quiet, emissions-free flight an affordable, everyday reality for New Yorkers, while significantly reducing the impact of helicopter noise.”
Joby previously announced a partnership with Delta Air Lines that it believes will make New York one of its early launch markets after receiving certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its aircraft.
The company’s electric vehicles are touted as being quiet, fast and emissions-free. Joby says its aircraft is “optimized for rapid, back-to-back flights” and can fly up to 100 miles on a single charge, covering 99% of all trips taken today across New York City.
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