Tokyo

City/Region/State:
Tokyo – Japan

Timeline: Intended – an outline vision has been agreed

Route(s):
City centre – airport (Narita) (64 km)

Programme description

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has selected Mitsubishi Estate, Japan Airlines (JAL), and Kanematsu Corporation to implement a three-year project aimed at preparing the Japanese capital for its first eVTOL taxi services.

According to Akihabara News:

“Mitsubishi Estate, which owns most of the Marunouchi financial district adjoining Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, will be the primary project manager, offering its property to host experiments. JAL will take charge of feasibility studies and the planning of demonstration flights. Kanematsu will provide information on overseas technologies and regulatory trends, as well as work on vertiport development. Between April 2023 and March 2024, the consortium plans to begin demonstration experiments using helicopters within the metropolitan area. Thereafter it will switch to eVTOLs–though the make and model is undecided.”

Meanwhile, according to Shigeru Takano, a former official at the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) executive advisor for ANA Strategic Research Institute, quoted in eVTOL.com (https://evtol.com/features/japan-evtol-air-taxis-osaka-expo/) ANA plans to use eVTOL aircraft initially for airport shuttle services in Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Okinawa Prefecture. “ANA plans to operate the aircraft itself through a subsidiary company, although Takano indicated that it may have partners in the effort. From 2026 onward, the airline expects to start adding intercity and intracity routes in its key Japan markets, integrating its services with public transportation options including subways and railways as it grows into a provider of large-scale UAM.”

Partners

UAM/AAM aircraft operator:
ANA

Vertiport/airport developer/operator:
Kanematsu

Vertiport/airport safety and security:
Kanematsu

Local authority partner/client:
Mitsubishi Estate

Sources:
www.jal.com/en/air_mobility/

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