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On February 24, 2021, China’s State Council issued guidelines for the development of a comprehensive transport network by 2035. The “Guidelines of the National Comprehensive Transportation Network Plan” outlined the government’s strategic plan for developing its national and international transport links including studying “the layout of comprehensive general-purpose airports, ease general aviation activities at busy airports, develop urban helicopter transportation services, and build a rapid air transportation network within urban agglomerations.”
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Chitose City – Japan
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The programme is part of a strategic UAM initiative announced by the JAL Group to commercialize air taxi services in fiscal 2025, starting with the Osaka Expo but then extending throughout the country. Volocopter and JAL announced their collaboration in September 2020 to support the first Osaka Expo services.
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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao – China
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In April 2021, EHang announced the “100 Air Mobility Routes Initiative” to open 100 aerial traffic routes, focusing on Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and gradually expanding to other parts of China.
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Guangzhou – China
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In August 2019, EHang announced that it has selected Guangzhou as its UAM pilot city globally for the establishment of a low-altitude aviation transportation network. As part of the pilot program, EHang will help the Guangzhou government set up a command-and-control centre to ensure that multiple autonomous air vehicles (AAVs) flying simultaneously in the city can remain in the air in a safe and efficient manner and can swiftly respond to emergencies.
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In May 2022, press reports said the Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has asked Beta Technologies (in partnership with the Blade group) to explore the Indian market for eVTOLs. Blade already has a presence in India with its helicopter services.
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With a requirement for improved transport services within major cities, between islands and to improve tourist attractions, Indonesia is a ket potential market for eVTOL manufacturers.
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Jakarta – Indonesia
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The framework for UAM services in Jakarta was developed in July 2019 in an official collaboration between the London The Aviary Project, and Empasco, a non-profit organization.
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With a requirement for improved transport services within major cities, between islands and to improve tourist attractions, Indonesia is a ket potential market for eVTOL manufacturers.
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Jeju Island – Korea
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Jeju Island plans to launch air taxi flights for tourists by 2025. According to the Korea Herald, Jeju Island, Kencoa Aerospace and the Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC), plan three routes across the island: connecting Jeju International Airport to the island’s southern Mosupo region, then links Moseulpo to Gapado and Marado and a third route moves along the east coast near Seongsan Ilchulbong, a popular tourist spot also known as Sunrise Peak.
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Jishou – China
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In June 2022 EHang announced that it has received an initial purchase order for five EH216 AAVs from Tianxingjian Cultural Tourism Investment and Development LLC, an affiliated enterprise of the Jishou city government in Hunan province, China.