Delta makes an investment in an air taxi business. Joby will allow home-to-airport flights
Joby Aviation, a flying taxi company, has recently scored a partnership that might make your trip to the airport much more pleasurable. Delta will spend up to $200 million in Joby in return for home-to-airport transportation. Rather than hailing a taxi or paying for parking, you may have an eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft transport you to the terminal without the normal traffic delays.
The service will first be offered to Delta travelers flying via New York City and Los Angeles, and it will be available for at least five years after it is launched. In “priority” regions, it will coexist with Joby’s usual airport service.
Joby has received a substantial lift as a result of this. It was the first eVTOL startup to get critical FAA certifications for airworthiness and carrier service, and it is currently negotiating a “first-of-its-kind” arrangement with a US airline. The decision may offer Joby an advantage over competitors like Archer and Wisk Aero, which are awaiting FAA approvals or large commercial collaborations.
Joby has also grown rapidly in comparison to several rivals. In early 2020, it got $394 million from Toyota, and late that year, it purchased Uber’s air taxi company. In the summer of 2021, NASA will begin flight testing of the company’s eVTOLs. Simply said, it is well-positioned to make flying taxis a reality.