Joby Aviation, Inc., a US company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial passenger service, has performed an exhibition flight in New York City. It marks the first ever electric air taxi flight in the city, and the first time Joby has flown in an urban setting.
The New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, has also announced the city’s intention to electrify the heliport.
Joby expects New York to be one of its early launch markets after receiving certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Its aircraft is optimised 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’s five boroughs.
Joby and Delta Air Lines are working with the Port Authority of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as they plan for initial operations, including the development of infrastructure at JFK and LaGuardia International Airport (LGA).
“Delivering exceptional experiences for our customers is why Delta has invested over $7B in New York City, especially at our LaGuardia and JFK hubs,” adds Gail Grimmett, SVP of Sustainability Performance and Strategic Partnerships at Delta.
Joby has flown more than 30,000 miles with its full-scale prototype eVTOL aircraft, beginning in 2017.