SkyDrive, the aircraft manufacturer based in Japan, and Solyu Company, an aircraft leasing company specialising in zero-emission in Korea, announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Solyu has agreed to pre-order of up to 50 SkyDrive eVTOL aircraft “SKYDRIVE”.
SkyDrive says it is currently developing a three-seater electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft called “SKYDRIVE” and is in the process of acquiring its Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) certification. The company describes Solyu as a lessor based in Korea run by a team with decades of experience in the aircraft leasing and finance industry with a focus on providing customers with zero emissions vehicles such as eVTOL, eCTOL, and eSTOL.
“In Korea, the metropolitan area faces a problem of severe traffic congestion, and the Korean government formed the Korea Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) Roadmap, expecting that the time and social costs can be reduced by 70%” according to the press release. “The government also promotes the plan for public-private joint demonstration project, the K-UAM Grand Challenge.
“Solyu believes it is important to promote the use of electric, zero-emission vehicles in Korea to accelerate the K-UAM goal and agreed on the pre-order of SkyDrive eVTOL.
“SkyDrive and Solyu continue to evaluate commercial eVTOL considerations such as vertiports, routes, infrastructure requirements, and ecosystems with the Korean government and other interested stakeholders to launch new mobility solutions in Korea.”
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