Joby makes ‘first eVTOL’ air taxi delivery in US to Air Force
Adding to its collection of precedents in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development, Joby said it has become the first manufacturer of future air taxis to deliver its craft to a US customer – in this case the Air Force.
Joby announced the delivery of the first of up to nine eVTOL aircraft to the US Air Force Monday, part of a deal initially inked last April worth $55 million. Last month the Santa Cruz, California-based battery-powered aircraft developer increased the scope of that relationship through an agreement under the Air Force’s Agility Prime program worth an additional $45 million. The company said its hand-over of that first craft is “believed to be the first electric air taxi delivered in the US.”
Total eVTOL business Joby has contracted under the Air Force’s Agility Prime program is worth up to $131 million, with other air taxi deals with additional US Department of Defense (DOD) agencies…