© Reuters. An electrical air taxi by Joby Aviation sits on the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 12, 2023. REUTERS/Roselle Chen
By Roselle Chen
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Electric air taxis might be transporting passengers from JFK Airport to downtown Manhattan by 2025 – on quiet, emissions-free journeys that take round seven minutes.
Manufacturer Joby Aviation (NYSE:) carried out an exhibition flight on the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in New York on Sunday, the town’s first-ever electrical air taxi flight and the primary time Joby has flown in an city setting.
The craft can recharge in about 5 minutes, whereas passengers are unloading and boarding, stated CEO JoeBen Bevirt. The concept is that vacationers will e book their journey, much like a rideshare app.
The firm goals to start industrial passenger service in 2025 and is within the third of 5 levels of certification with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The price of reserving a visit has but to be confirmed however the firm has beforehand stated it is going to possible be similar to a rideshare in a automobile.