On Wednesday, aviation firm Wisk Aero announced a partnership with charter flight company Blade to fly self-driving air taxis in the United States.
Wisk, a start-up backed by Boeing and Kitty Hawk, has announced that it will operate and maintain 30 electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or eVTOLs, that will fly short-distance routes on Blade’s network of dedicated terminals in the United States, subject to FAA approval.
“To date, we have been focused on developing an aircraft and customer experience that is efficient, accessible and — most importantly — safe,” Wisk CEO Gary Gysin said in a statement. “The combination of our expertise as an autonomous eVTOL aircraft manufacturer and operator with the operational expertise of Blade will help usher in an even greater level of safety and service.”
Wisk’s eVTOLs are designed to fly autonomously and transport two passengers for up to 25 miles on a single charge.
Blade provides chartered flights across the Northeast and West Coast, and the company recently announced a partnership with Beta Technologies to fly 20 piloted eVTOLs starting in 2025.
“We look forwards to working with Wisk to help accelerate Blade’s transition from conventional rotocraft to safe, quiet, emission-free electric vertical aircraft,” said Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal.