Flying air taxis may seem like a fantasy to most, but they could become a reality sooner than you think – at least in some parts of the world. A leading Japanese helicopter service provider, AirX, has placed a pre-order for 50 air taxi units from EHang, a pioneer in passenger-grade drones and urban air mobility (UAM) solutions.
The pre-order for 50 EH216 autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) comes just months after EHang performed its maiden pilotless trial flights in Japan. This is the Chinese company’s biggest deal in the country, where it is quickly emerging as a central player in the budding UAM sector. If all goes well, the EHang air taxis will start flying in time for the 2025 World Expo in Osaka.
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It’s worth highlighting that AirX operates reservation platforms for more than 100 helicopter sightseeing routes and private helicopter charters in Japan. To date, the company…