Wisk Aero, an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the U.S., has announced a new partnership with the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (“Council of Mayors”) to bring “the future of flight to Australia”. In addition to this new partnership, the company says it will also be expanding its physical presence in the country, with the addition of Australia-based personnel.
Wisk’s entry into Australia is driven by a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council of Mayors, which will see the two organizations “working together to introduce a safe, sustainable, and scalable, autonomous air taxi service to South East Queensland.”
Wisk intends for its presence in Queensland to be “long-term, and will be working with local government toward providing the city with green tourism and transport options. The company will also be displaying its 5th generation aircraft in Brisbane in July.”
Lord Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner, said: “Strong collaboration between our Councils is critical to ensure the industry understands the needs of our communities. It also enables our Councils to support, wherever possible, a consistent and collaborative approach to things like planning and regulation that will be critical to investment and rollout across our region.
“Council of Mayors kickstarted our Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games journey because we knew it would attract global businesses and innovative industries to our region, bringing with it new jobs and new economic opportunities. On the back of the Brisbane 2032 Games, we’re delighted to be working with Wisk to look at how South East Queensland can capitalise off the new jobs and economic opportunities associated with this new and exciting industry. We expect to see the emergence of advanced air technology in places like Paris and Los Angeles, and by 2032 I’d love to see it supporting new and innovative experiences for tourism and travel in South East Queensland.”
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